Weed Between the Lines: Expanding Medical Cannabis Access to Veterans

“This is the first time that a majority of a senate (committee), in this case the appropriations committee, cast votes in favor of expanding medical cannabis access to United States veterans.”

Leland Rucker takes a look at the bi-partisan “Veterans Equal Access Amendment” that marks the first time that the majority of anybody in the US Senate has ever decided in favor of increased marijuana access.

The amendment was added to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, and passed the committee 18-12. The measure allows Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients.

Currently, the VA bans medical providers working with the agency from completing any forms brought by patients that seek marijuana recommendations or opinions in states where the drug’s medical use is legal.

The same amendment was killed in the House by a vote of 210 to 213.


Leland Rucker writes the Weed Between The Lines column for the Boulder Weekly.