It’s been two years in a row now that a House committee has blocked lawmakers from voting on a measure that could have allowed Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where it is legal.
The measure was rejected on Wednesday by the House Rules Committee and was shot down from being one of the amendments to be introduced during debate on the VA spending bill for fiscal 2019.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., wasn’t thrilled with the decision to deny the measure again.
“For the second year, Pete Sessions has shown that he does not care about the health and well-being of our veterans — who are speaking out across the country,” said Blumenauer.
He also said, “By blocking this vote, Chairman Sessions has turned his back on our wounded warriors, commonsense, and the will of the American people. He should be ashamed.”
“All they want is fair and equal treatment, and the ability to consult with their own physician on all treatment options,” Blumenauer said in regards to veterans.