he United States Senate has approved a bill that will let military veterans to have easy access to medical marijuana in the states in which it so legal to do so. The current Department of Veterans Affairs has protocols that state that doctors at the V.A cannot issue cannabis recommendations even in the states where it is legal to use.
The new legislation, the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, the department would be prevented from spending any money to enforce those regulations or penalize veterans who use medical cannabis in accordance with state law.
Find below an excerpt of the new approved law which was added to the overall bill.
Sec. 246. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Veterans Affairs in this Act may be used in a manner that would–
(1) Interfere with the ability of a veteran to participate in a State-approved medicinal marijuana program;
(2) Deny any services from the Department to a veteran who is participating in such a program; or
(3) Limit or interfere with the ability of a health care provider of the Department to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with such a program.
TJ Thompson, a disabled Navy Veteran issued a statement praising the action by the Senate. He said “ On this eve of the Veterans / Armistice Day where we remember those who served in the military and the treaty agreement to reach peace concluding WWII, we see this victory as a step towards a peace treaty with the government we volunteered to defend with our lives and as a step towards restoring our first amendment rights and dignity as citizens of the United States. “