2017-11-03 02:53:04 UTC
American Legion: Majority Vets Support Marijuana Legalization
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Former U.S. Marine Mike Whiter uses marijuana to treat post-traumatic
stress disorder. (Mel Evans/AP)
Veterans are nearly unanimous in their support for research on medical
marijuana — and a majority favor legalizing pot for medical use, an
American Legion survey found.
The findings from the nation's largest wartime veterans' service
organization were released Thursday, and involved more than 1,300
According to the survey, 92 percent of veteran households support
research into the efficacy of medical cannabis for mental and physical
conditions, and 83 percent believe the federal government should
legalize medical cannabis nationwide.
Further, 82 percent of those survey indicated they would want to have
medical cannabis as a federally legal treatment option.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
"Support for medical cannabis, and research on medical cannabis is high
across veterans and caregivers, all age ranges, gender, political
leanings and geography," said a memorandum from Five Corners Strategies,
which conducted the survey for the Legion.
Included in the findings, the survey showed:
Support for medical cannabis research is consistent nationwide, across
ages, gender, political affiliation, and geography.
60 percent of respondents do not live in states where medical cannabis
is currently legal.
79 percent of respondents aged 60 or above supported federally legalized
22 percent of veterans stated they are currently using cannabis to treat
a medical condition.
40 percent of caregivers stated they know a veteran who is using medical
cannabis to alleviate a medical condition.
"It is also clear from the survey that veterans are accessing cannabis
to assist them in states with and without medical marijuana programs,"
Five Corners said.
The Legion adopted a resolution last year calling on the Drug
Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana from its current
illicit status to a category "that, at a minimum, will recognize
cannabis as a drug with potential medical value," The Washington Post
The resolution also called on the DEA "to license privately funded
medical marijuana production operations."
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