The House approved a measure this week that would let Veterans Affairs Department doctors help veterans sign up for state medical marijuana programs, something the VA now prohibits.
A Senate committee approved a similar measure last month, but the full Senate hasn’t voted.
Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from pot-friendly Colorado and a former Marine, said Friday he’s open to the idea.
Coffman says that if medical marijuana helps veterans deal with post-traumatic stress, it could also reduce the use of prescription drugs and save taxpayers money.
Coffman says the measure wouldn’t permit the VA to provide patients with marijuana.