Lawmakers advance plan to increase medical marijuana research for veterans

Lawmakers advance plan to increase medical marijuana research for veterans

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Tuesday approved a measure to increase the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research on medical marijuana. 

The measure, which could come to a vote before the summer, would clarify the agency's ability to research medical marijuana as a possible treatment for conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


The House VA panel also voted to advance a series of other measures, including giving veterans more access to private-sector donors and expanding caregiver stipends for military families, according to Military Times.

Lawmakers hope that the package can become law by Memorial Day.

The medical marijuana bill, which received unanimous support, also requires the VA to regularly report on the research to Congress. 

Former VA Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Former VA chief Shulkin: 'Chaos' probably a 'pretty accurate term' to describe Trump White House Veterans group sues to block advisers known as ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ from influencing VA MORE said last year that he was open to expanding the use of medical marijuana to treat PTSD. 

The VA is currently blocked from prescribing medical marijuana under federal law.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE has since fired Shulkin, an Obama-era holdover. Trump’s choice to replace him, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, withdrew his nomination after a series of allegations of workplace misconduct.