Largest Veterans Organization in U.S. Calls for Marijuana Rescheduling

By Joe Klare

The American Legion, which has a membership of over 2 million U.S. military veterans, recently called for the rescheduling of cannabis at their national convention in Cincinnati, OH.

The resolution that was passed called on the U.S. Congress to “amend legislation 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.”

RELATED: DEA Rules That Marijuana Stays Illegal for All Purposes

With recent rulings by the DEA keeping cannabis as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act and the decision of the U.S. House to strip a recently-passed spending bill of language that would have allowed veterans to discuss medical marijuana with their doctors in states where it was legal, the American Legion felt heavy pressure to make their stance known.

A major force behind getting the veterans organization to support a rescheduling was Dr. Sue Sisley, one of the researchers working on the first-ever federally-approved study to look at the effects of cannabis on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

With the rate of veteran suicides continuing to make the news, the notion of restricting research and not allowing veterans to discuss medical cannabis with their doctors is seen for the ludicrous monstrosity that it is.

Many in this country pay lip service to the idea of caring for our veterans, supposedly “honoring their service.” When the rubber meets the road, however, veterans receive piss poor government healthcare and can’t even discuss with their doctor the pros and cons of smoking a joint.

This move by the American Legion will go a long way toward getting legislators to look at the idea of rescheduling cannabis. It would be even better if they looked at the idea of descheduling cannabis completely and leaving the choice of using marijuana up to the very people who we trust with the task of defending our nation (and everyone else, for that matter).

But things don’t move fast in Washington D.C., as we know.

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