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VA Spending Bill May Allow Docs to Talk Cannabis With Vets

Veterans in states where medical marijuana is legal could be told about the possible benefits of cannabis and pros and cons of its use by U.S. Veterans Affairs doctors, who could also recommend its use, under an amendment to the agency’s Senate budget bill approved late last week.

The amendment, proposed by Montana Sen. Steve Daines, would end a current VA ban on its doctors recommending medical marijuana in states where it is legal if it remains in the spending bill for next fiscal year.

“Veterans should not be discriminated against when they seek care at the VA,” Daines said in a press release. “They deserve access to the treatment that best suits their medical needs, just like they would receive at a non-VA clinic.”

Daines pointed out that the amendment wouldn’t change current laws preventing the possession or dispensing of marijuana on VA property, but would allow veterans to discuss all options that are legally available in their state with their VA doctor.

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