The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend marijuana as a therapy for their patients in states that allow medical use of the drug.

The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Sen. Jeff  Merkley (D-Oregon), was attached to a Defense Departmentspending bill that is seen as one that almost certainly will be passed by the full Senate.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor and use it if it’s medically necessary,” Drug Policy Alliance policy manager Michael Collins said in a press release. “They have served this country valiantly, so the least we can do is allow them to have full and open discussions with their doctors.”

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