Veterans subcommittee moves forward with marijuana bills widening access to medical pot

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Three separate marijuana bills affecting military veterans will be discussed by a House subcommittee next week, the panel announced late Thursday.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health has scheduled a legislative hearing for Tuesday morning to discuss proposals including the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, the Veterans Equal Access Act and the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act.

The hearing is slated to be the second to focus on federal marijuana reform since the 116th Congress convened in January under Democratic control.

Marijuana is prohibited under federal law but permitted in most states to varying degrees, including 33 and counting where doctors can recommend pot to patients to treat certain conditions.

Former service members residing in states that have legalized medicinal marijuana are unable to obtain a recommendation through the Department of Veterans Affairs since the agency and its vast network of hospitals and doctors are federally controlled, however.

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Source: The Washington Times

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