May 4, 2015 7:30 am -


Despite growing acceptance of medical marijuana and its uses, the drug is still illegal on the federal levels and is classified as a schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, defining it as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” For many House Republicans last week, that was the rationale…


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17 responses to House Votes Against Letting VA Docs Even Discuss Medical Pot

  1. liberalMD May 4th, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Are these the same Republicans who didn’t want the government getting between a patient and their doctor when the Affordable Care Act was being drafted and for the first five years after its passage?

    • allison1050 May 4th, 2015 at 8:21 am


  2. Budda May 4th, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Again, we have legislators practicing medicine without a license.

  3. crc3 May 4th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Schedule 1 drug? LOL!! F the Republican thugs who think they can squash the eventual legalization of marijuana on the Federal or state level. They won’t win and in a few years medical and recreational use of marijuana will be the legal norm in America. Light up and chill out friends!!

    • Dwendt44 May 4th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      No reason for marijuana to be on schedule one in the first place. When it was first made illegal, it was put on S-1 in order to give federal agents a reason to prosecute it’s use and sale. anything less and it would be largely ignored. Those feds needed something to do after Prohibition ended.

  4. allison1050 May 4th, 2015 at 11:24 am

    As if vets don’t already have access.

  5. Buford2k11 May 4th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    ya really don’t have to be a Dr. to discuss the benefits with vets…do it all the time…hehehe, wink, wink…

  6. arc99 May 4th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    If I were a VA doctor, I would tell Congress to kiss my a$$ and that I will be the one who makes the medical decisions in terms of treating my patients, advising them whether or not a substance that is legal in their home state may help to provide relief from their afflictions.

    Then if the VA wants to fire me let them. See how popular that move will be when there are already waiting lists for some VA services.

    • Dwendt44 May 4th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      “Marijuana could help your condition but I’m not allowed to advise you to use it!”.

      I wonder if such a statement by a VA doctor would get him canned.

      • whatthe46 May 4th, 2015 at 8:39 pm

        he can always recommend a doctor to send them too and tell that dr. to order it for them. there’s always a way to get around it. they didn’t say they couldn’t recommend them to another physcian. there’s your loop hole.

        • Dwendt44 May 5th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

          Ya but those that rely on the VA for healthcare rarely go to any other medical facility. The VA is IT.

          • whatthe46 May 5th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

            oh i know. but, a doc can always recommend a special visit.

  7. Wee Mousie May 4th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Er, what’s that thing enshrined in the constitution that turns dumbfeck Texan yahoos crayoning pictures of Mohamed into into American patriots to be cherished for their brave dumbfeckery. Oh, yeah! Now I remember — freedom of speech!

    I guess that doesn’t apply if you actually have a clue upon whereof you speak.

  8. StoneyCurtisll May 4th, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    And I was told the Republicans wanted less government interference in our lives…
    God damn liars.

    • whatthe46 May 4th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      repukes always lie don’t cha know.

      • StoneyCurtisll May 4th, 2015 at 8:50 pm

        Of course~!!

  9. StoneyCurtisll May 4th, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    lean into the monitor..
    I can almost smell it..