According to the results of a national survey recently released by American Legion, majority of American veterans are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. They also nod to the possibility of using it as a treatment option.
More than 80 percent of all veterans surveyed support medical marijuana legalization with 92 percent of all veteran households supporting its research.
There is also a general agreement on the matter, regardless of whether a veteran is a self-identified liberal or conservative.
Eighty-eight percent of self-identified conservatives nodded to the legalization while 90 percent of self-identified liberals also said yes. The bipartisan agreement reflects the overwhelming appeal of the veterans community to push federal decriminalization of the drug.
As stated in the survey memo:
“Support for medical cannabis, and research on medical cannabis is high across veterans and caregivers, all age ranges, gender, political leanings and geography.”
The American Legion is the biggest collective of American veterans with 2 million members in its handle. It can be recalled that the organization already called on the DEA to reclassify marijuana. Currently, the drug is considered a Control 1 Substance which means that it has no medical value and has high potential for abuse.
Many members of the organization, majority of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder come with stories about how the drug helps them alleviate their suffering. The drug’s current federal status is hindering rapid progress on research. With strict rules established on prescription, many of them also find it hard to acquire the drug, especially those who live in states where the drug is not yet legal.
Legion Executive Director Verna Jones sets the record straight.
“[We’re] not advocating for recreational use of marijuana, but we are advocating for the removal of cannabis from Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act so that more medical investigators can do research.”