A reform bill in the Senate could provide ‘state medical marijuana programs’ to U.S Veterans.
The landmark bill was proposed on Tuesday in Washington. It would end the prohibition against medical marijuana on the federal level. It follows the House bill last month that allows health care workers for veterans to recommend it as an alternative treatment.
Veterans Today reports:
Medical marijuana has been approved by 23 states and the District of Columbia for treatment of a variety of afflictions, including glaucoma, cancer and HIV. But the VA is a federal agency that follows federal law, under which pot is still illegal, and patients cannot get access through its facilities.
The reforms are overdue and would allow the prescription, use and sale without fear of prosecution, according to the bills’ sponsors, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Cory Booker, D-N.J.
The House bill allowing the VA to prescribe medical pot is sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.
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