House Bill 2191, titled the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act, was introduced to the federal House this month. It would prevent Veterans Affairs from stripping veterans of their benefits because of medical marijuana use.
The legislation would only apply to veterans that live in states where medical marijuana is legal, according to Connecticut Vets.
“While it is the current policy of the VA to not deny benefits to veterans based on participation in these state-based medical marijuana programs, this bill will ensure that no future policy or administration change could put these veterans at risk of losing their benefits when they are in compliance with state law,” said Rep. Steube, the bill’s primary sponsor. “It also allows VA staff to help veterans fill out the forms necessary to enroll in a state-approved program instead of having to rely on a private physician. This makes things easier for veterans who are in desperate need of these medical options.”
Steube also stated, “As a veteran, I’m committed to ensuring that veterans receive the care they deserve, and I know that sometimes that care can include medical marijuana. Receiving the appropriate treatment to address your health care needs—using products that are legal in the state in which you live—should not preclude you from your Department of Veterans Affairs benefits.”