More Than 20 Percent of Military Veterans Use Medical Marijuana

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The American Legion recently conducted a study that stated 22% of veterans used medical marijuana to treat a mental or physical condition, and 39% know someone who uses medical cannabis for those purposes. Additionally, 81% of veterans support federal medical marijuana legalization. This information supports previous surveys which found veterans are more likely to use medical marijuana than the general public. This survey suggests that veterans are actively treating their conditions with medical marijuana, and that they would like medical marijuana access at a time when opioid prescriptions are too easily available.

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American Legion Says One in Five Veterans Use Marijuana To Alleviate A Medical Or Physical Condition

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The American Legion recently conducted a poll revealing one in five US Service Veterans use medical marijuana to provide relief for symptoms related to medical or physical conditions. Other notable data points include 81% of respondents who support federally regulated treatment, 60% of respondents did not live in states where medical marijuana is available, and that support for legal medical cannabis was not tied to political affiliations (across, the board, between 70-88% supported federally legalized medical cannabis regardless of political views). Of the respondents aged 18-30 years old, 100% supported federally legalized medical cannabis.

This information has been provided by NORML and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Canada: Rising Popularity Of Medical Cannabis Among Veterans Associated With Declining Opioid Use

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Opioid abuse and addiction is at an all time high, and studies suggest that the legalization of and increased access to medical cannabis can target this epidemic. We can further see evidence of the decline of opioid use thanks to cannabis by looking at the veteran population in Canada. According to federal data provided to The Globe and Mail, the increased use medical cannabis has been associated with a decline in prescription opiates and benzodiazepines. The records provided by Veterans Affairs Canada showed the number of veterans using benzodiazepines feel 30% between 2012-3016, and veteran use of opiates dropped 17%. At the same time, veterans seeking medical cannabis increased from less than 100 to over 1,700 patients.

This case study is small, but it remains consistent with other studies that suggest patients prefer to replace their prescription medications and opiates with medical cannabis. This information has been provided by NORML and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.