Bipartisan Lawmakers Blast Congressional Inaction On Marijuana Reform For Veterans And Public Housing Residents After Committee Setback

Bipartisan Lawmakers Blast Congressional Inaction On Marijuana Reform For Veterans And Public Housing Residents After Committee Setback
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Bipartisan lawmakers are expressing frustration after a series of marijuana reform amendments failed to make it through a key House committee on Monday, complicating efforts to promote veterans’ medical access and provide protections for public housing residents from being evicted over cannabis. The initial plan was to attach measures to a large-scale appropriations bill that would block the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from enforcing its current policy of prohibiting VA doctors from recommending medical cannabis to veterans, as well as a directive that currently bars the department from covering medical cannabis costs. But on Monday, the House Rules Committee ultimately declined to make either of a pair of bipartisan amendments on the issue in order for floor consideration, with certain members arguing that the reform proposal was not germane to the appropriations process. Co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus issued a joint statement on Tuesday criticizing the inaction amid an urgent need to meet the moment for veterans. “We have the responsibility to provide our veterans with the care and treatments they need to overcome the wounds of war,” Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Brian Mast (R-FL) said. “Our outdated federal cannabis laws are interfering with our ability to fulfill that responsibility.” “Unfortunately, despite the strong, bipartisan support behind increased medical cannabis access for our veterans, Congress is allowing that interference to fester,” they said. “We will not rest until Congress has addressed the perverse impact that failed federal prohibition is having on our nation’s heroes and their health.” The measure was essentially meant to combine the intent of two standalone bills sponsored by the CCC co-chairs: the Safe Harbor Act and the Veterans Equal Access Act. (Separately, an amendment did pass the House last week as part of a defense bill…

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