Veterans’ Medical Marijuana Amendment in US House Comes Up 3 Votes Short

There are reasons to be optimistic about a vote in Congress that didn’t go our way.

Last night the U.S. House voted down a bipartisan amendment by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) that would have allowed Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients.

The House rejected a similar amendment last year. It received 195 votes (222 voted against it). Last night, 210 members of Congress voted for it, and only 213 voted against it.

That’s a 15-vote pick up — and in a Congress far more conservative than last year.

Two votes would have made a big difference. One Democrat voted no when he meant to vote yes. One Republican voted no because the amendment didn’t go far enough.

Despite the setback on the veterans amendment last year, we went on to win FIVE other marijuana votes in 2014. Those votes were more focused on letting states set their own marijuana policy.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.