Largest veterans organizations urges VA to recommend medical cannabis


The American Legion adopted a resolution which urged the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to discuss and recommend medical cannabis in states where it is legal.

The American Legion is one of the most influential organizations which supports the well-being of former service members. The organization represents 2 million veterans nationwide and acts as a lobbyist for related political causes.

The resolution was passed on Thursday, after the VA announced they had found no substantial evidence cannabis could be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.

The legion first supported medical cannabis last summer when it lobbied the removal of cannabis as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. The Schedule I designation is reserved for drugs known to have highly addictive qualities and no known medical useage.

The group also requested meetings with President Trump in order to sway his administration’s policy on cannabis to ease future negotiations.

Last year, the Veterans Equal Access measure passed through the house but fell short of being signed into law, after the House and Senate failed to reconcile differences between their versions of the bill. If passed, the law would have made medical cannabis accessible for veterans through the VA.