Tell Congress to Vote on Allowing Veterans to Have Equal Access to State Medical Marijuana Programs
| Talana Lattimer
The U.S. House of Representatives will soon be voting on the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which sets the budget for the Veterans Administration (V.A.). Representatives in the House who support medical marijuana patients will be re-introducing the Veterans Equal Access Amendment (VEAA), which would allow veterans to be able to obtain medical marijuana recommendations from their V.A. physician. The vote will likely happen late afternoon or early evening on Wednesday, April 29th!
Under V.H.A. Directive 2011-004, V.A. physicians are explicitly forbidden from being able to fill out recommendation forms for state medical marijuana programs. This means that veterans who are dependent on the V.A. for their health care are denied equal access to state medical marijuana programs. The VEAA would forbid the V.A. from using any funds to punish physicians who write state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. In doing so, the VEAA would allow veterans to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana in states that allow its therapeutic use under the recommendation of a physician.
Veterans who served their country with honor deserve equal access to state medical marijuana programs. Call and email your U.S. Representative today to vote YES on Veterans Equal Access Amendment!
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