On Thursday, the House of Representatives killed a bipartisan amendment that would have increased military veterans’ access to medical marijuana, a medicinal herb that has been proven to help war vets cope with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Huffington Post:

[su_quote]The amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill failed 213-210, with Republicans mostly opposed and most Democrats in favor. The measure would have blocked the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money enforcing a ban on VA doctors discussing medical marijuana with their patients.

A similar amendment narrowly failed on the House floor last year.[/su_quote]

“While it’s disappointing that the House just voted to continue a senseless rule that prevents doctors from treating military veterans with a medicine proven to work for a number of serious conditions, the fact that we came so close is a good sign of things to come,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority.