Bipartisan Lawmakers File Even More Marijuana And Psychedelics Reform Amendments To Defense Bill

Bipartisan Lawmakers File Even More Marijuana And Psychedelics Reform Amendments To Defense Bill
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Bipartisan congressional lawmakers have filed a slew of drug policy reform amendments to a large-scale defense bill, including proposals to prohibit federal employment discrimination against veterans who use marijuana, provide funding for studies into psychedelics as therapeutics and allow U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend medical cannabis to veterans. Each of the amendments are being filed for House Rules Committee consideration ahead of floor action on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Some of the measures are similar to past proposals, but lawmakers seem especially bullish about enacting drug policy reforms through the must-pass bill this session. For example, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and a bipartisan list of cosponsors filed a familiar amendment to codify that VA doctors can “assist veterans in providing recommendations, opinions, and completion of the forms” to become state-legal medical cannabis patients. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), sponsor of a GOP-led legalization bill, has a measure that would similarly provide VA doctors with that authority—but her amendment also goes a step further by prohibiting federal employers from discriminating against veterans who use, or have used, cannabis. Two marijuana-related amendments have already been attached to NDAA following approval in the House Armed Services Committee. And other members are now working to build upon those proposals. One of the already-included amendments, sponsored by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), concerns cannabis sentencing standards under military code, mandating that the Military Justice Review Panel “develop recommendations specifying appropriate sentencing ranges for offenses involving the use and possession of marijuana.” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) filed a new measure to expand that proposal by further requiring DOD to study the “historically discriminatory manner in which laws related to marijuana offenses have been enforced, the potential for the continued discriminatory application of the law (whether intentional or unintentional), and recommendations for actions…

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