VA Doctors Still Can’t Recommend Medical Marijuana To Veterans

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By Matt Ferner 

The House of Representatives on Thursday killed a bipartisan amendment that would have increased military veterans’ access to medical marijuana.

The amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill failed 213-210, with Republicans mostly opposed and most Democrats in favor. The measure would have blocked the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money enforcing a ban on VA doctors discussing medical marijuana with their patients.

A similar amendment narrowly failed on the House floor last year.

“While it’s disappointing that the House just voted to continue a senseless rule that prevents doctors from treating hire vetsmilitary veterans with a medicine proven to work for a number of serious conditions, the fact that we came so close is a good sign of things to come,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority.

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