US House rejects bid to let VA docs give advice on medical pot

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The GOP-controlled House has barely rejected a bid by supporters of medical marijuana to permit veterans to receive information about the drug from their government doctors.

The 213-210 vote came on a failed amendment to a bill funding the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The proposal by Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer would have lifted a rule blocking VA doctors from discussing the pros or cons of medical pot. They would still not have been able to prescribe it.

Thirty-six states permit the use of medical marijuana, which advocates say helps with conditions like chronic pain, glaucoma, anxiety, and nausea from chemotherapy or drugs to combat HIV.

Opponents like Maryland GOP Rep. Andy Harris, a medical doctor, said there’s little evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana.

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