By Debra J. Saunders
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment today to stop the federal government from preventing Veterans Administration doctors from prescribing medical marijuana for American veterans. The Daily Caller reports:
Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley forwarded the amendment for inclusion in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Specifically, if passed by Congress, the bipartisan amendment would disallow the VA from spending funds to enforce a prohibition against physicians filling out medical marijuana recommendation forms in states where the drug is legal.
The 18-12 vote represents “the first time we’ve ever won a vote on a positive marijuana reform measure in the Senate,” quoth Marijuana Majority chairman Tom Angell. Most amazing of all, Sen. Dianne Feinstein voted for the measure.