U.S. House Paves Way for Veterans to Get Easier MMJ Access

The medical marijuana market moved towards a significant expansion and greater legitimacy after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it’s legal.

The 233-189 vote overturns an Obama administration gag order from a year ago that prohibited VA doctors in states with legalized marijuana from recommending it. A similar proposal narrowly failed last year, 213-210, Bloomberg News reported.

Senate lawmakers have included similar language in their version of an annual spending bill covering veterans health programs.

The House medical marijuana amendment is part of broader House military appropriations spending bill that still must be approved by President Obama. If approved, VA doctors in MMJ states could start recommending medical cannabis next year.

Currently, military vets who want to try medical cannabis must hire a doctor outside of the VA system at their own expense.

“We should not be limiting the treatment options available to our veterans,” said Earl Blumenauer, the Oregon Democrat who sponsored the bill, according to Bloomberg.

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3 comments on “U.S. House Paves Way for Veterans to Get Easier MMJ Access
  1. Ronald Holliday on

    Veterans can lose their life and their health and yet not have medical Freedom something’s wrong there it seems the best kind of slave to have is one that thinks he’s free

  2. Kevin on

    So,The U.S. House Paves Way for Vets, and I too am gratefully a Vet… But they pave the way for Vets to be able to smoke pot. The reason they were afraid to do it in the First place , and I’ve got cancer so I smoke it every day, was because of losing their rights with the veterans administration is a federal entity and it’s in the contract that you cannot take any medication that hasn’t been approved by the veterans administration. So I guess with that rule in place all the BA had to do was say that they approved it and I think it’s that’s presidents now my question is why can’t the house do the same with the banking industry so that these people can do banking and do their taxes properly?

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