In late May we covered Congress making a historic move by passing a bill allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in States where medical marijuana is legal. Although majorities in both the House and Senate voted in approval, a panel from the house has removed that language from the final VA Funding Bill last week before it was approved by legislation. This is very disheartening news for Veterans suffering from illnesses treatable by marijuana, such as pain and PTSD.
There is hope for the measure to return however, as a failure by the Senate to forward the final bill to a vote in time may allow the provision to be added back. A group of 11 legislators have already composed a letter to the House and Senate to reinstate this provision and are awaiting a response.
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