Tell the Senate to Vote YES on Allowing Veterans to Have Equal Access Regarding State Medical Marijuana Programs
| Geoffrey Marshall
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will be voting this Thursday on the a medical marijuana amendment to the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which sets the budget for the Veterans Administration (V.A.). Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) will be introducing the Veterans Equal Access Amendment (VEAA), which would allow veterans to be able to obtain medical marijuana recommendations from their V.A. physician.
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 or even discuss medical marijuana benefits with their veteran patients. 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.