Veterans with valid Massachusetts medical marijuana cards will no longer have to pay for their medicine thanks to a bill passed by the Senate.
The amendment was sponsored by Senators Jason Lewis and Vinny deMacedo, who are both developing a bill to put to Massachusetts voters on the November 2018 ballot to legalize adult use of marijuana. Thanks to introduction from its sponsors, this new policy for veterans was adopted by voice vote Tuesday night as the State Senate settled its fiscal 2017 budget.
“This would be a helpful step in making it more affordable to get access to medical marijuana for veterans,” Lewis said. “We recognize it wouldn’t solve the whole problem.”
Lewis said an influencing factor of proposing this policy change were the protests of veterans outside the State House over the past weeks.
“There clearly are a number of issues with the medical marijuana program,” Lewis said. “Cost is one, accessibility is another.”