Legion Press Conference on Medical Marijuana

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Legion Press Conference on Medical Marijuana

OK, so The American Legion held a press conference today to discuss the issue of Medical Marijuana, and before launching into the video, I'm going to use a Stars and Stripes article to set it up:

Most veteran households, regardless of state, age or political affiliation, support researching and legalizing medical marijuana, according to a poll commissioned by the American Legion released Thursday.

The Legion, which recently joined the fight for marijuana research, hired Five Corners Strategies to conduct an automated phone poll of veteran households from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10. It included a sample of 513 veterans and 289 family members across 39 states.

The poll, with a margin of error of 3.45 percentage points, found 92 percent of veterans support research into medical cannabis as well as 93 percent of veteran caregivers.

That’s higher than the public’s support of medical marijuana. According to a CBS News poll from April, 88 percent of Americans support medical marijuana use.

“Ninety-two percent of veterans support it. That’s a landslide,” said Louis Celli, a director at the Legion. “We owe it to them to do the research.”

Again, LEGAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA, please be clear on that point.  We make no comment regarding recreational, or self medicating or anything else, the point is that we should do the testing.

Our positon comes from our two resolutions on the issue, which read:

Resolution 11 was passed during the Legion's 2016 National Convention in Cincinnati. The resolution calls on the Drug Enforcement Agency to license privately funded medical marijuana production operations in the United States to enable safe and efficient cannabis drug development research; and urging Congress 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. 

Resolution 28 was passed during the 2017 National Convention in Reno, Nev. The resolution calls for permitting VA medical providers to openly discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes, as well as recommend it where legal.

So, with that background in place, here is the video or our event: 





For my part I had a friend who lost a leg in Iraq.  He was on 10 pills a day, including a ton of opiates.  It started to hurt his kidneys.  He switched to medical marijuana and now he doesn't take anything else.  He hikes, lives an active life style, attended college and law school and has found his new normal.  Meanwhile the VA used to give me 90 percosets a month, then after the opiod crisis got out of control, they cut it back to zero a month and offered me aquatic therapy for 30 minutes a month.  The pendulum swing was WAY more than anyone could handle.   If cannabis is the answer great!  Because however much temporary relief you might get from the pain pills they are throwing our way, there is always a price to be paid.  Hopefully with cannabis that later bill will be less.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.