VA docs to be able to recommend marijuana in some states
Editor’s note: This story first published at 12:54 p.m. May 19
Congress on Thursday gave veterans the right to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option with their Veterans Affairs doctors in states where it is legal.
The House and Senate approved bills that include amendments forcing VA to lift restrictions that prohibit doctors from talking about medical marijuana or recommending it to their veteran patients.
The legislation, tacked onto bills funding military construction and VA, prohibit the department from using funds to enforce the VA’s policy that limits doctors from recommending medical marijuana.
The House voted 233-189 on the amendment offered by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., on Thursday morning; the House later approved the full legislation in a 295-129 vote. The Senate voted 89-8 to approve its own version of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill.
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