The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that allows military veterans to more easily access medical marijuana in states where it is legal. Under current Department of Veterans Affairs regulations, doctors who work for the V.A. cannot issue cannabis recommendations, even in the 23 states that have laws allowing for medical use.
But under language in the new legislation, the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans AffairsAppropriations Bill, the department would be prohibited from spending any money to enforce those regulations or to punish veterans who use medical marijuana in accordance with state law. The vote on the bill comes on the eve of Veterans Day.