America’s largest veterans organization is calling for cannabis to be rescheduled, according to Marijuana.com.
The organization, American Legion, has over 2 million members. Last week, it passed resolution calling for Congress to reschedule cannabis.
“The American Legion urge 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,” the resolution reads.
The resolution points out that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are major medical issues in the veteran community, and it points out that marijuana could conceivably be useful for treating these ailments.
“About 20 years ago, scientist discovered a system in the brain called the endocannabinoid system that responds to 60 chemicals in marijuana, also known as cannabis,” the resolution reads. “This system plays a role in many of the body’s functions, such as in the heart, along with the digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. This discovery sparked interest in finding specific chemicals made from marijuana that could be targeted for specific conditions.”
The DEA recently refused to reschedule marijuana, and that angered many in the veteran community who believe it is a safer option for treating conditions like PTSD than highly addictive opioids. As we’ve noted before, veterans are twice as likely to die from an opioid overdose than the average American.
Source: The 420 Times