American Legion Lobbies Trump to Reclassify Marijuana

American Legion Lobbies Trump to Reclassify Marijuana

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American Legion Wants Rescheduling and Research

One of the largest veteran services organizations in the United States is making a push to change marijuana’s status as a Schedule I substance.

According to Politico, the American Legion has penned a letter to the Trump Administration that calls on the president to reclassify marijuana and allow large-scale research into its effectiveness in treating soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We are not asking for it to be legalized,” said Louis Celli, the national director of veterans affairs and rehabilitation for the American Legion. “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.”

This is not the first time that The Legion has lobbied the White House on medical marijuana. In December 2016, the organization hosted a meeting with members of Donald Trump’s transition team and outlined its priorities, which included rescheduling marijuana.

Hoping to sway his opinion, The Legion has requested a meeting with Trump’s son-in-law and trusted aide, Jared Kushner, but has yet to receive a response.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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