Language that would have allowed Veterans Administration doctors to recommendmedical marijuana to patients has been strippedfrom a spending bill.

The Huffington Post reports the Veterans Equal Access Amendment,authored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, Sen. Steve Daines,R-Montana, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, made it through bothhouses of Congress earlier in the year, included as part of aspending package funding the Veterans Affairs department. It wouldhave allowed veterans in states where medical marijuana is legal to seek it as atreatment through the VA system.

However, in June it was stripped out by the conferencecommittee, and the amendment’s authors and other supporters pushedto have it added back in. That never happened, and last week theVeterans Affairs package passed — without the medical marijuanaprovision — as part of the continuing resolution to keep thegovernment funded.

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