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The American Legion: Fighting For Veteran Access to Cannabis

Zej Moczydlowski
Mar 2, 2018 11:56:35 AM

Did you know that the American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, is dedicated to urging Congress to take action on the legalization of medicinal cannabis?

In the last few years two medical marijuana-related resolutions have been passed by the American Legion's National Executive Committee.

  • The first, in 2016, called for the DEA to license privately medical cannabis operations to enable safe and efficient research and urged Congress to remove marijuana from Schedule I and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum, will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.
  • The second, in 2017, called for permitting VA medical providers to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and for them to be allowed to recommend it where legal.

In the past the Legion has recognized the usage of medicinal cannabis as a non-opioid, non-addictive, pain management option as well as a treatment route for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The group has gone so far as to request meetings with President Donald Trump with the intention to ask him to change his administration's policy on cannabis.

The American Legion's Page Calling for Congressional Action on Cannabis

Military.com Coverage of the American Legion's Call to Action

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