Senate Appropriations Committee Approves VA Physician Recommendation Amendment

Apr 14, 2016 , , , , , ,


The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access to medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, serious injuries, and other debilitating conditions.US-DeptOfVeteransAffairs-Seal-Large

The amendment, authored by Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), would prohibit the spending of funds on enforcement of a Veterans Health Administration directive that prohibits VA physicians from recommending medical marijuana to their patients, even in states that have made it legal.

If enacted, VA physicians would no longer face penalties for discussing medical marijuana with their patients or completing the paperwork patients must submit in order to participate in state medical marijuana programs. Currently, veterans in states with medical marijuana laws must find a doctor outside of the VA system to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option and provide the requisite documentation.


11 responses to “Senate Appropriations Committee Approves VA Physician Recommendation Amendment”

  1. I tried to have a conversation with my PCP, but she left the room. I live in Oregon. It ended up costing me $500 to get my OMMP card! $500 I had to borrow.

  2. My VA counselor actually printed info for me about MMJ. My VA psych also supports it. I had to go to an outside Doc to get the required paperwork because the VA docs couldn’t fill it out. I was lucky here my fees were very low since I’m on SSDI.

  3. that is promising but what can be done if a vet can’t get a job or loses a job due to a urinalysis for “drug” use? most employers these days “drug” test applicants or subject their employees to “random” drug testing to include cannabis.

  4. I’m so sorry Hal Ballard as a veteran myself with P.T.S.D i understand how you feel i live in Michigan we also have a cannabis Law since 2008.

    I and my wife where the first ones to be raided here in Michigan after the Law had passed we lost everything we had and spent five years in Court even the Michigan supreme Court

    My wife passed away she spent her last five years of her life inn Court we both ended up taking a plea deal of six months non-reporting probation

    She told the judge you can’t give me six months non-reporting probation because i only have three months to live

    • Sir, I’m so sorry for you & all our Vets have to be subjected to being treated like this!!! The shameful way our Vietnam Vets were ” welcomed home ” should never have happened & we as Americans need to be doing every thing humanly possible to to make sure that all our Veterans are being a high priority for the country that each & every one of these brave men & women laid down their lives for! They protected this country, our freedoms, our way of life, so is it not the least we can do to protect them, make sure they are taken care of & help them to have a ” life “?!? Thank you to ALL our Veterans!

  5. I am a vet, and do not support the use of Marijuana, as most smoke it in a joint/cigarette that releases smoke into the air around the user, and just like tobacco cigarettes persons who don’t want to smoke are inconvenienced by this 2nd hand smoke… In tablets or food this is another story, but the food should not be used outside the home, as the side effects of intoxication can be detrimental to a person’s health.

    • You, my friend, need to educate yourself about cannabis (NOT marijuana). let me tell you, with all due respect, you have quite a bit to learn. It will change your life. Especially if you are in a cannabis friendly state.

  6. You have to consider that when someone has some condition(s) that evokes high enough levels of pain,your brain reacts to even prescribed pain meds way different! Edibles are a miracle without prejudice. I get energy when my torturous health issues are met with non addictive medicine and pain levels reduce enough. Proper dosing and paying attention to your body is paramount. To finish here, I’ve seen dental patients throwing up after 2 Percocet a week after healing enough and possibly trying to catch a buzz. The let each individual state decide,don’t reclassify,50,000 people die from tobacco yearly federal bullshit is just that. Tobacco kills,pot heeeeeealls,y’all

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