Magazine article Corrections Forum

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment

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In a trending discussion in LinkedIn's Corrections Connection, Joseph Petitt, a criminal justice intern at Drug Policy Alliance, has commented on a bipartisan amendment passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee allowing VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. The vote is the first time the U.S. Senate has ever moved marijuana law reform legislation forward.

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was added in committee to a must-pass military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. The bill is certain to pass on the Senate floor.

"Veterans see this victory as a major step forward in restoring our first amendment rights within the VA," said TJ Thompson, a disabled Navy veteran. "This will allow for a safe, open dialogue between providers and patients, and allows veterans to be treated the same as any other patient."

Currently, the VA specifically prohibits its medical providers from completing forms brought by their patients seeking recommendations or opinions regarding participation in a state medical marijuana program. The Daines/ Merkley amendment authorizes VA physicians and other health care providers to provide recommendations and opinions regarding the use of medical marijuana to veterans who live in medical marijuana states. …

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