Reschedule Marijuana

Veterans Pushing to Reschedule Marijuana from Schedule I to III

Veterans Pushing to Reschedule Marijuana from Schedule I to III

Donald Trump’s new administration is causing many marijuana users to worry about the future of the marijuana policy. Trump’s statements in the past and his actions following his win were both pro- and anti-marijuana, throwing people into a state of uncertainty.

While his statements have been pro-marijuana, he has appointed anti-marijuana people in key positions, such as Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions has been described by colleagues as someone who had a problem with the Ku Klux Klan, particularly because they smoke cannabis. Many believe that it is unlikely that Sessions has changed his stance against marijuana.

This has pushed marijuana activists and the American Legion, the largest veterans organization in the United States, to urge Trump to reschedule marijuana. The legion is asking the new administration to reschedule the status of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III, which will “allow easier access to pure strains of the substance to cultivate quantifiable research and statistics regarding marijuana’s medical benefits”.

At present, its designation as Schedule I puts marijuana in the same level as Ecstasy, heroin, Quaaludes, LSD, and peyote. But veterans are adamant that marijuana is made more accessible or, at least, research into its medical benefits be continued, because of its potential to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.

Considering that many veterans suffer from PTSD, pushing for a reschedule is definitely worth fighting for, what with the possibility of marijuana providing a possible cure. The Legion further pushes for the amendment of the legislation, so that cannabis will be recognized as a drug with a potential medical value.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has approved the study on the effectiveness of cannabis for treating PTSD. The agency has already approved the use of marijuana to treat the disorder through inhalation. This makes the move to reschedule marijuana more logical than ever.

During a meeting between the Legion and Trump’s transition team, it was noted that the new administration’s officials were guarded in giving feedback, but when the subject of cannabis potentially healing war wounds of military veterans came up, the team’s reaction changed significantly.

National director of the Legion’s veterans affairs and rehabilitation division, Louis Celli, told that Trump officials were a little caught off guard when that piece of information was revealed.

But is it enough to convince the administration to reschedule marijuana?

The Legion certainly hoped that there wouldn’t be a roll back on the progress of marijuana research because of its potential to cure PTSD. Everything else seems ineffective.

Former Veterans Affairs psychiatrist and lead researcher Dr. Sue Sisley said that veterans feel like guinea pigs being used to test various treatments for PTSD, but with no positive results. They are simply exhausted and getting desperate.

With the failure of traditional medications to address the problem, Sisley hopes to pursue further her research on cannabis as a treatment for mental health conditions.

According to her, “While I can’t say definitively that medical marijuana works for PTSD -- we are three years away from published data -- we owe it to veterans to study this plant”.

Between marijuana activists and the American Legion, the latter is much more respected in the eyes of Trump officials. If they can convince a reschedule and get the pharmaceutical industry in on research and development, PTSD may finally have a cure.




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