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For veterans returning from active duty, PTSD is all too prevalent.  Attempting to ac temperature into normal life presents a difficult challenge, often resulting in lack of employment, homelessness, & even suicide.  The majority of those who suffer from PTSD don’t seek treatment. For those who do, the prescribed medications cause harmful side effects. These side effects closely mimic the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Recent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of treating PTSD with cannabis. Unfortunately, it is difficult for veterans to acquire access. While an decreasing number of states have passed laws to supply PTSD suffers with medical cannabis, the treatment is not covered. Most veterans are never made aware that cannabis treatment is even an option.  Veterans advocacy groups continue to apply pressure for change, & yet marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug. This classification, imposed by the federal government, includes a high potential for abuse, with no recognized medical benefits. In order to fund large-scale research into the benefits of cannabis treatment for soldiers with PTSD, the current administration must reclassify marijuana. The American Legion has repeatedly appealed & been met with resistance.  The current administration’s hard-liners are actively seeking to repeal existing laws in individual states & make it more difficult to pass new ones. They continue to ignore evidence & success stories & deny our soldiers an effective treatment. Fortunately, the Senate recently voted to enter the Veterans Equal Access amendment into legislation. The bill is expected to expand veterans’ access to medical marijuana nationwide, but still awaits passage in the House of Representatives, where it might entirely  well stall.

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