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US Senate approves medical marijuana for Veterans

US Senate approves medical marijuana for Veterans

Dina Al-Shibeeb
US Senate approves medical marijuana for Veterans

The US Senate has approved a bill by a vote of 86 to 5 on Monday to allow military veterans to receive recommendations for medical marijuana from government doctors.

The US Senate has approved the bill, which was part of a large-scale legislation to fund parts of the federal government including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the Fiscal Year 2019, Marijuana Moment reported.

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US veterans dump hundreds of empty pill bottles at the White House to demand access to medical marijuana. (File image via The Washington Post)

The bill would also protect veterans from losing their government benefits as a result of cannabis use that is legal under state law.

Earlier this year, the House Rules Committee blocked a floor vote on adding the marijuana language to that chamber’s version of the VA funding bill.

In early May, a U.S. House committee approved a bill to allow research on marijuana to further fine-tune treatment for the country’s veterans. The approval comes on the heels of growing bipartisan support for more cannabis reforms, heralding more future action from Capitol Hill.

Legalizing hemp

The US Senate on Monday has also taken a procedural vote to advance consideration of the Farm Bill, which includes provisions to legalize hemp.

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Industrial hemp is currently listed as a controlled substance under the federal law.

In mid-June, a Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs.

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