Congress Says “No” To VA Doctors’ Abilities To Recommend Pot To Vets

On Wednesday evening almost 200 members of U.S. Congress, including 22 Republicans, voted in favor of an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014, that would have allowed physicians employed by the Veterans Health Administration to recommend the use of medical marijuana to those veterans who live in states that currently have legalized the drug.

Currently medical providers at the federal agency are forbidden from recommending a patient try medical marijuana even if they are suffering from conditions helped by the drug such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and post-traumatic stress disorder, which means veterans often have to find another medical provider if they wanted a medical marijuana recommendation or simply have to undergo treatment without trying this possibly life-saving drug.

By Katie Rucke  @katierucke 

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