By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection
July 14, 2017 – The American Legion, one of the United States most venerable associations for veterans, has come out in support of cannabis once again. In a tweet sent Wednesday, the group showed their support for HR 2020, a federal bill introduced to reschedule cannabis to Schedule III in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
The bill was introduced in April by Representative Matt Goetz (R-FL) and directs the Attorney General of the United States to, “transfer marijuana … from schedule I of such Act to schedule III of such Act.” It allows 60 days to complete the transfer to the lower schedule.
Schedule I drugs are considered to be “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.” under the CSA. It includes drugs like Heroin and LSD. Schedule III drugs, on the other hand, are considered to have “a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” and abuse potential is “low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.”
In a previous statement, the American Legion showed support for rescheduling so veterans could have easier access to the drug, especially for PTSD. It has shown great usefulness in treating the disorder and The legion expressed their concern to Politico in May that proper research is being held up due to the drugs Schedule I status. Politico reported:
“We are not asking for it to be legalized,” said Louis Celli, the national director of veterans affairs and rehabilitation for the American Legion, which with 2.4 million members is the largest U.S. veterans’ organization. “There is overwhelming evidence that it has been beneficial for some vets. The difference is that it is not founded in federal research because it has been illegal.”
Major strides in public opinion are being achieved, as this example shows. The American Legion is a conservative organization, but even they have seen the absurdity of listing marijuana on the CSA as a Schedule I drug.
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