American Legion Supports Expanding Veterans Access To Medical Cannabis

American Legion Supports Expanding Veterans’ Access To Medical Cannabis

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution calling on federal officials to expand veterans’ access to medical marijuana.

The resolution, passed last week at the Legion’s annual convention, urges the “United States government to permit V.A. 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.”

The language is similar to pending legislation in Congress, H.R. 1820: The Veterans Equal Access Act. In July, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24 to 7 to include similar language as an amendment to the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Identical language in the House was blocked from consideration by House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions(R-TX).

Last year, majorities in both the US House and Senate voted to include similar language as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 MilCon-VA bill. However, Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee elected to remove the language from the bill during a concurrence vote.

Federal policy prohibits V.A. doctors – including those residing in legal medical cannabis states – from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician.

Both the American Legion and AMVETS issued public calls last year in support of federal marijuana law reforms. Veterans are increasingly turning to medical cannabis as an effective alternative to opioids and other conventional medications to treat conditions like chronic pain and post-traumatic stress.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

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Comments

  1. Dee Worth says

    If the Legion and AMVETS would get together, and have their membership sign a petition for each group, and submit them to the govt, maybe they would get a bigger more pronounced response. That should be their next move. IMHO.

  2. DAVID says

    I HOPE SINCE HE HAS NO COMMON SINCE! HE SHOULD NEVER BE RE-ELECTED AGAIN! HE blocked from consideration by House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions(R-TX).THE ABILITY OF VETERANS TO GET THE HELP WE NEED! HE DESRVES TO BE FIRED!

    NEVER GETS RE-ELECTED AGAIN!

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