The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that allows military veterans to more easily access medical cannabis in states where it is legal.

Under current Department of Veterans Affairs regulations, doctors who work for the V.A. cannot issue cannabis recommendations, even in the 23 states that have laws allowing for medical use.

But under language in the new legislation, the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans AffairsAppropriations Bill, the department would be prohibited from spending any money to enforce those regulations or to punish veterans who use medical cannabis in accordance with state law.

The vote on the bill comes on the eve of Veterans Day.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor,” Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a press release. “It makes no sense that a veteran can’t use medical marijuana if it helps them and it is legal in their state.”

The newly approved language, which is excerpted below, was added to the overall bill via a committee vote of 18-12 back in May.

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