American Legion Calls on Trump to Take Cannabis off Schedule I to Help Vets

America’s largest veterans service organization has a message for President Donald Trump: Reschedule marijuana to permit research into its medical efficacy for treating vets suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The appeal by the American Legion was included in a letter that requests a meeting with Trump to discuss critical veterans’ issues including opiate addiction and suicide.

Under the Controlled Substances Act, cannabis is listed alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy as a Schedule I substance – the strictest of classifications, defined as having a high potential for abuse and no “currently accepted medical use.” The resolution also calls on Congress “to remove marijuana from Schedule I and reclassify in a category that, at a minimum, will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.” In addition to the American Legion’s advocacy, there are efforts underway in Congress to allow veterans safe access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

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