Text: H.R.2191 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/09/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2191


To prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefits administered by the Secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a State-approved marijuana program, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 9, 2019

Mr. Steube (for himself and Mr. Cisneros) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefits administered by the Secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a State-approved marijuana program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act”.

SEC. 2. Veteran participation in State-approved marijuana programs.

(a) Provision of benefits.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may not deny a veteran any benefit under the laws administered by the Secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a State-approved marijuana program.

(b) Consultation.—With respect to a veteran who is enrolled in the system of patient enrollment under section 1705 of title 38, United States Code, and participates in a State-approved marijuana program, the Secretary shall ensure that physicians and other health care providers of the Veterans Health Administration—

(1) discuss marijuana use with the veteran and adjust medical treatment plans accordingly; and

(2) record such use in the medical records of the veteran.

(c) Provision of information.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall authorize physicians and other health care providers of the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs to—

(1) provide recommendations and opinions to veterans who are residents of States with State-approved marijuana programs regarding the participation of veterans in such programs; and

(2) complete forms reflecting such recommendations and opinions.

(d) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) The term “marijuana” has the meaning given the term “marihuana” in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802).

(2) The term “State” has the meaning given that term in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.