The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a historic bipartisan amendment that would allow veterans access to medical marijuana. If it becomes law it would allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients.
“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor and use it if it’s medically necessary,” said a spokesperson for the Drug Policy Alliance. “They have served this country valiantly, so the least we can do is allow them to have full and open discussions with their doctors.”
The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was added to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, and still faces more votes in Congress before it comes close to becoming law. But the amendment’s approval is a significant victory for marijuana policy reformers, coming less than a month after a similar amendment narrowly failed in the House. The same House amendment was also killed last year. The Senate amendment marks the first time in history Congress’ upper chamber has voted positively on marijuana reform legislation.
“Elected officials are finally starting to wake up to the fact that endorsing marijuana reform is good politics instead of the dangerous third rail they’ve long viewed it as, and that means a lot more victories are on the way soon,” said the chairman of Marijuana Majority.