CINCINNATI, Ohio – The American Legion, the nation’s largest military veterans’ organization, adopted a resolution at their 98th national convention calling on the federal government to support medical marijuana. The organization resolved that the DEA should “license privately-funded medical marijuana production operations” for cannabis research and that Congress should “amend legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule I.” Marijuana.com reports that Dr. Sue Sisley, the first researcher to gain FDA approval for study of whole-plant cannabis for vets suffering from post-traumatic stress, was instrumental in lobbying the American Legion to adopt their pro-medical marijuana stand. After speaking to their national convention, Dr. Sisley remarked that “I only heard very positive feedback from the thousands of veterans in the audience.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced $85.9 million in grants for 698 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs across the country. The grants will provide funding to local community coalitions for preventing youth substance use including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol. DFC-funded coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, and media. While the DFC’s internal reporting shows decreases in all drug and alcohol use among teens in those communities, marijuana use “showed the smallest percentage change” compared to alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The municipal decriminalization measure proposed in the Nashville Metro Council has been reworded to remove opposition from the Chief of Police. The proposal would treat the possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana as a non-criminal municipal violation, punishable by a fine of $50 or a ten hours of community service. Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson had opposed the measure for its language stating that an officer “shall issue” such a ticket. Anderson believed that removed the officer’s discretion to charge a marijuana offender with the city violation or the state misdemeanor or to confiscate the marijuana and waive the ticket with a warning. Newly-proposed amendments would change the word “shall” to “may”, leading Anderson to “feel comfortable in moving my position to neutral…” The Metro Council Committee will vote on the measure today. It is expected to pass to the full Council for debate and a second vote on Tuesday.
PARAMUS, New Jersey – Another former NFL player is stepping up to support medical cannabis use by pro football players. Former New York Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall was best known for his crushing hits on the field, most infamously for cracking Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana’s ribs in the 1991 NFC Championship game, sidelining Montana for the entire next season. Now Marshall, age 54, is a vice president for Home Towne Rx, a chain of pharmacies aiming to someday provide medical cannabis products in New Jersey. Marshall says he’s been using cannabidiol oil to combat the daily headaches he still suffers after twelve years of battles on the line of scrimmage. He never used marijuana recreationally in his life, but suicides of former players like his friend Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson led Marshall to be proactive about the mood changes and strange thoughts he began to experience in 2007. This year, Marshall tried some CBD he got from a friend in Florida. “Within a few days of using it, I found some significant relief,” Marshall told the NY Daily News.