The American Legion Is Urging The Feds To Improve Veterans' Cannabis Access

The American Legion is ramping up its efforts to improve veterans’ access to medical cannabis.

The country’s largest wartime veterans service organization passed a resolution last week at its annual convention that urged the “United States government to permit VA medical providers to be able to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes and recommend it in those states where medical marijuana laws exist.”

Federal law forbids V.A. doctors from providing the paperwork needed to complete a recommendation, meaning veterans have to seek out private, out-of-network doctors.

In light of the fact that a growing number of veterans are turning to medical marijuana for treatment of conditions like chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, both the American Legion and the AMVETS called for federal cannabis law reforms last year.

In May of this year, the American Legion sent a letter to the White House requesting a meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss pressing veterans’ issues like opiate addiction and suicide.

The letter also urged the Trump administration to “clear the way for clinical research in the cutting edge areas of cannabinoid receptor research,” according to a draft document shared with The Cannabist.

h/t NORML Blog

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