I recently told you all about how shameful it is of the NRA to not be defending the Second Amendment rights of cannabis users, but this time around I have much better news. The American Legion has incredibly, and somewhat unexpectedly, joined to support our cause. They recently passed a resolution just last week that said the organization wants the medicinal benefits of cannabis to be recognized, and that they support additional research. This could actually be huge for cannabis political advocates, because the American Legion represents millions of veterans. Veterans are generally very respected by people, no matter what their political party affiliation might be, and hearing them voice their interest in cannabis as a medicine could be monumental. The group has asked Congress to use their power to remove marijuana from its Schedule 1 classification. It’s clear to everyone at this point that expecting the DEA to ever actually do the right thing isn’t worth holding our breath for. It may have come as a bit of a surprise, but the American Legion potentially has a lot to gain from medical marijuana.
The main reason behind the group deciding to come out in support of rescheduling is obviously to provide proper medication for our veterans returning home from war. Currently under the Controlled Substances Act medicating with cannabis is still federally illegal in every state. Apparently, the American Legion is finally fed up with this asinine setup. They believe that if the potential medical benefits are officially recognized, new treatments will be developed much more quickly. The main treatments that this group of veterans is interested in is marijuana’s potential to treat post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD affects a staggering amount of our veterans in this country and traditional medicines have failed to alleviate their symptoms. There are thousands of other veterans that suffer from brain injuries and other pain related ailments from their time in the service.
The resolution made by the American Legion sites the fact that the DEA recently approved a controlled trial for smoking marijuana to treat PTSD. This trial will be the first study of its kind. A researcher from Arizona finally got her trials approved, after years of failed attempts. The DEA opening up research to universities was the final thing she needed to get approved, and she will now be funded by the University of Colorado. This whole thing is clearly a long time coming. Not only has most of the country changed their mind on medical marijuana, but recent polls of veterans show that they are very on board as well. Nearly 70 percent of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said they were for legalizing medical use of cannabis in their state. Veterans definitely don’t get the care and treatment they deserve when returning back to the United States, but this could be a big step in tackling the PTSD epidemic, which only seems to be getting worse. The American Legion is a massively influential group, so let’s hope that Congress will hear and listen to the voices of over 2.4 million veterans.