Congressional Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Research Bill For Veterans Despite Biden Administration Opposition

A House committee on Thursday approved a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct clinical trials into the therapeutic potential of marijuana for military veterans.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee passed the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), in a largely party line vote of 18-11, with all Democrats in support and all but one Republican opposed.

The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act would mandate that the department launch a series of studies on using medical marijuana to treat PTSD and chronic pain. Earlier versions of the measure cleared the panel in 2020 and 2018 but were not enacted into law.
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