The bipartisan Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Marijuana Amendment, sponsored by Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, would enable doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss and recommend to patients medical cannabis in states that allow for the substance’s use.
Specifically, the amendment would prohibit the VA from using its funds to “interfere with the ability of veterans to participate in medicinal marijuana programs approved by states or deny services to such veterans.”
An Important Step
The amendment is “an important step in restoring complete health care options for veterans,” said Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care President Scott Murphy.
“With 22 daily veteran suicides, to include self-immolation on V.A. property, and an opiate epidemic that is effecting [sic] the veteran population in higher numbers than the civilian…