As a veteran I want to take a moment; first to thank all my fellow brothers and sisters for their service. I am excited to report today in an early release of my blog that as veterans we have just made a huge step forward.
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment on the eve of Veterans Day, 18 to 12 in favor of H.R.2029 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. What this means for us as veterans is; (1) the bill includes a provision prohibiting the VA from interfering with or denying services to veterans participating in state-approved medicinal marijuana programs. (2) Prohibits interference with the ability of a veteran to participate in a State-approved medicinal marijuana program. (3) The ability of a health care provider of the Department to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with such a program.
“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor and use it if it’s medically necessary,” said Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “They have served this country valiantly, so the least we can do is allow them to have full and open discussions with their doctors.”
Our first amendment right is being restored. We are now going to be able to openly talk about our medical use of cannabis without the worry of reprisals. No longer will veterans be denied the fundamental rights that we signed up to protect. Those of us who have been in the cannabis closet are now going to be able to step out and be free.
It is important to know what senators are on the sides of the Veterans and what ones are still hung up on the ignorance of the past and unable to make a policy in favor of veterans. Here is the roll call Vote Results
Cochran, Thad (MS) – NO
McConnell, Mitch (KY) – NO, by proxy
Shelby, Richard C. (AL) – NO, by proxy
Alexander, Lamar (TN) – YES, by proxy
Collins, Susan M. (ME) – NO
Murkowski, Lisa (AK) – YES
Graham, Lindsey (SC) – NO
Kirk, Mark (IL) – NO
Blunt, Roy (MO) – NO, by proxy
Moran, Jerry (KS) – NO
Hoeven, John (ND) – NO, by proxy
Boozman, John (AR) – NO, by proxy
Capito, Shelley Moore (WV) – NO
Cassidy, Bill (LA) – YES, by proxy
Lankford, James (OK) – NO
Daines, Steve (MT) – YES
Mikulski, Barbara A. (MD) – YES
Leahy, Patrick J. (VT) – YES, by proxy
Murray, Patty (WA) – YES, by proxy
Feinstein, Dianne (CA) – YES
Durbin, Richard J. (IL) – YES
Reed, Jack (RI) – YES, by proxy
Tester, Jon (MT) – YES
Udall, Tom (NM) – YES
Shaheen, Jeanne (NH) – YES, by proxy
Merkley, Jeff (OR) – YES
Coons, Christopher A. (DE) – YES, by proxy
Schatz, Brian (HI) – YES
Baldwin, Tammy (WI) – YES
Murphy, Christopher (CT) – YES
If you are in a state that has a Senator that voted against our veterans maybe it is time to consider they just do not care about our veterans and vote them out next year. Or consider writing to your senator asking them to explain why they just do not care about those who have served our country and why you as a voter should still support them since they don’t support us.
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