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Senate Committee Approves Bill Allowing Military Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

Military veterans are one of the most outspoken advocates on behalf of medical marijuana, and it appears politicians may finally be listening.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment yesterday that would allow doctors who work for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where it is legal. Currently, federal law forbids VA doctors from doing so since the drug is illegal nationally. 

This actually isn't the first time the Senate has approved such a measure. In 2016, a Senate committee approved a similar amendment but it ended up getting stripped from the final law. So it's possible the same could happen with this one as well.

There has been some disagreement over who can authorize VA doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Members of Congress have asked/demanded the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow doctors to recommend cannabis in states where it's legal, but officials from the Department claim that they do not have the authority to do so. Only Congress can.

Considering veterans are an important voting block, particularly for the Republican Party, you'd think that would mean Congress would want to include this measure as soon as possible. But then again, the majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana and nothing's happened with that, so you may not want to get your hopes.

(h/t Military Times)


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