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Proposals to loosen federal restrictions on #marijuana and open up access to #cannabis products for veterans are gaining bipartisan traction despite uncertainty from the #Trumpadministration.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure July 13 that would let doctors at the #departmentofVeteransAffairs give patients approval to access medical marijuana in states where it is legal. A proposal from Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz seeks to reschedule marijuana, currently classified as a #ScheduleI substance alongside #heroin, as a substance recognized by the federal government as having therapeutic value, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Building bipartisan momentum for marijuana issues concerning veterans comes on the heels of #AmericanLegion, a veterans group with more than 2 million members, formally launching a campaign in May advocating the government open access to the substance for returning service members. It is unclear if the Trump administration, which has been adversarial towards legal pot, will support these efforts. “We were hearing these compelling stories from veterans about how cannabis has made their lives better,” Joseph Plenzler, a spokesman for American Legion, told the Los Angeles Times Friday. “That they were able to use it to get off a whole cocktail of drugs prescribed by VA doctors, that it is helping with night terrors, or giving them relief from chronic pain.” The current federal classification of marijuana greatly restricts the ability of researchers to study the medical application of cannabis with federal funding. It also prevents doctors at the VA from recommending marijuana for treatment, even if it can cut down or replace a patients daily intake of opioid painkillers. “It is a travesty,” Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a longtime advocate for greater marijuana access, told the Los Angeles Times. “They are given opiates instead of maybe something they can derive from marijuana. … And our veterans end up killing themselves because now they are addicted to an opiate.” 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾

The Olympic Training Center hosted the American Legion Shooting Sports Airgun National Championship! Hailey Smith of Illinois and Emily Stith of Colorado are your National Champions! #AmericanLegion #Airrifle @theamericanlegion

We got 40 years of youth on these old farts but they are animals on the dance floor. #beachboys #americanlegion @rabbalicious

I'm going to be on the radio Saturday night @9pm 📻 tune into WGN am720 radio - Dave Hoekstra's Nocturnal Journal along w/ Stan Klein - The first 100 copies of the book have arrived and will be available next week at Firecat Projects - join me for the opening reception & book release 7-10pm 7/28 - 2124 N Damen #americanlegion #americanlegionproject #book #documentaryphotography #veterans #wgnradio720 #nocturnaljournal #americanism

From @askroypm: "Put down your hammer this weekend and pause your fix up project long enough to consider Memorial Day and the severity of sacrifice necessary for this nation's freedoms."
#memorialday #veterans #Americanlegion #VFW

Will be performing the National Anthem today. This is the American Legion District 20 Color Guard. Thankful for their service. #nationalanthem #colorguard #americanlegion

Emily Stith of Colordo Springs, Colo., prepares her rifle during the 27th annual American Legion Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship. Photo by Chet Strange.

Moving with a purpose. #cspyouthweek2017 #americanlegion

Don't miss out on this year's car show! Proceeds go to the American Legion Post #72..🇺🇸 the famous JDAWGS will be there, live band, and great raffle prizes! Details on flyer.. #walkersanderson #carshow2017 #Americanlegion #classiccarshow

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This is the most amazing thing I've seen! Different biker organizations all rallying for one cause- to rise against cancer! So honored. #strongerthansarcoma #50caliber #nonprofit #cancer #bikersagainstcancer #americanlegion #washington #armyvet #veteran #veterans #armyveteran #armystrong #military #family #prayfornate #pokerrun #fundraiser #luke1019 #godisbigger

Piccolo solo Stars and Stripes Forever. My favorite march by the march king John Philip Sousa.
Jamaica Vermont concert July 22, 2017. Brattleboro Vermont American Legion Band.
#music #concert #march #americanlegion #starsandstripes #johnphilpsousa #piccolo #solo #vermont

We are setup at Biggs Harley Davidson in San Marcos come out and check us out we have some new items on hand there also will be food and live music here. #americanlegion #navyseals #trump #policeofficer #air #freedom #usa #merica #usmc #marines #army #armystrong #navy #airforce #coastguard #nra #guns

Will be performing the National Anthem today. This is the American Legion District 20 Color Guard. Thankful for their service. #nationalanthem #colorguard #americanlegion

The Olympic Training Center hosted the American Legion Shooting Sports Airgun National Championship! Hailey Smith of Illinois and Emily Stith of Colorado are your National Champions! #AmericanLegion #Airrifle @theamericanlegion

Another day, another ball park. #americanlegion #legionball #platolegion #thisismymn

Our best-selling Italian Beef Sammies are back!
We take an unbelievably soft bun, top it with warm, savory Italian beef, and finish it all off with a slice of pepper jack cheese.
You know you want one!

Morning to everyone here's today's inspirational quote. Remember you can do anything you want to just have to put your mind to it. It will be emotionally draining and it will take sacrifices. #policeofficer #trump #usmc #marines #usa #america #americanlegion #harleydavidson #freedom

#repost from board member @mariahkarson ・・・
I'm going to be on the radio Saturday night @9pm 📻 tune into WGN am720 radio - Dave Hoekstra's Nocturnal Journal along w/ Stan Klein - The first 100 copies of the book have arrived and will be available next week at Firecat Projects - join me for the opening reception & book release 7-10pm 7/28 - 2124 N Damen #americanlegion #americanlegionproject #book #documentaryphotography #veterans #wgnradio720 #nocturnaljournal #americanism

Our trip to Altoona, Pa went to #AmericanLegion Park Carrolltown, Pa

I'm going to be on the radio Saturday night @9pm 📻 tune into WGN am720 radio - Dave Hoekstra's Nocturnal Journal along w/ Stan Klein - The first 100 copies of the book have arrived and will be available next week at Firecat Projects - join me for the opening reception & book release 7-10pm 7/28 - 2124 N Damen #americanlegion #americanlegionproject #book #documentaryphotography #veterans #wgnradio720 #nocturnaljournal #americanism

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