Bipartisan Lawmakers File Marijuana Protection Amendments For Veterans And People In Public Housing

Bipartisan Lawmakers File Marijuana Protection Amendments For Veterans And People In Public Housing
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Congressional lawmakers have filed new marijuana amendments to a package of legislation to fund parts of the federal government for the next year, including a bipartisan proposal to block the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from preventing military veterans from using medical cannabis while allowing its doctors to fill out recommendations for patients who want to participate in state programs. Other amendments would prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from enforcing a ban on state-legal marijuana activity for people who live in federally assisted housing. Another proposal would transfer funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the National Forest System to “support enforcement and remediation of illegal marijuana trespass grow sites on federal land.” House Appropriations Committee leaders have included a plethora of cannabis and psychedelics provisions in spending bills and attached reports for various federal agencies this session, and now these additional proposals are being offered ahead of a House Rules Committee meeting, where lawmakers will determine what amendments will be made in order for floor consideration. A key amendment that’s being sponsored by all four Congressional Cannabis Caucus co-chairs and nine other bipartisan lawmakers concerns the bill that funds VA. It combines two pieces of standalone legislation—the Safe Harbor Act from Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) and the Veterans Equal Access Act from Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Lee. It would would prohibit the use of VA funds to prevent veterans from using medical cannabis in compliance with state or tribal law and allow VA doctors to issue recommendations for medical marijuana. It also specifically includes related language barring the department from using its appropriated dollars to penalize VA workers who provide such recommendations to patients. (Read the full text of the amendment at the bottom of this article.) The…

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