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The United States Senate Committee has recently approved a bill that could potentially allow doctors in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it is legal. This move could mark a significant shift in the way that veterans receive medical treatment for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 The bill, which was approved by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, would allow VA doctors to discuss the use of medical marijuana with their patients and make recommendations for treatment. This is a major departure from the current policy, which prohibits VA doctors from even discussing medical marijuana with their patients, let alone recommending it as a treatment option. The potential benefits of medical marijuana for veterans cannot be understated.

Many veterans suffer from chronic pain as a result of injuries sustained during their service, and medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment for this type of pain. Additionally, medical marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating PTSD, which is a common condition among veterans. While the bill still has a long way to go before it becomes law, its approval by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs is a promising sign. If it does become law, it could have a significant impact on the lives of veterans across the country, providing them with access to a safe and effective treatment option for a variety of conditions.

By Molly Cowell

Molly is a freelance writer who lives in Hamburg, Germany.