House blocks bill that would allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans
Congressional Republicans have struck down a measure allowing Department of Veteran Affairs physicians to discuss medical marijuana.
The “Veterans Equal Access” measure was struck down by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reports.
This comes at a time of increasing divide amongst Republicans on issues involving marijuana.
Last month, longtime Trump frenemy Roger Stone said Trump should tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “cut the sh*t” and stop the administration’s crackdown.
Stone is now directing the United States Cannabis Coalition (USCC) and growing a strain of marijuana he calls “Tricky Dick” in honor of Stone’s favorite president.
There is also an increasing divide among service members on marijuana.
“The rejection comes at the same time more veterans than ever are rallying behind marijuana as a potential treatment for service-connected health problems and an alternative to addictive opioids,” Stars and Stripes. “The American Legion decided last August that it would advocate to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs, which are designated as having no medical use.”
A Democrat who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus was outraged.
“All we want is equal treatment for our wounded warriors,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said in a statement. “It’s outrageous that the Rules Committee won’t even allow a vote for our veterans.”
“They deserve better,” Rep. Blumenauer continued. “They deserve compassion.”
The House Committee on Rules is chaired by Pete Sessions (R-TX).
GOP strikes again. Rules Cmte blocked my amdt that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans living in mmj states.
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) July 26, 2017
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) July 26, 2017