Amy Webb: AMVETS supports medical marijuana, why doesn’t Anne Arundel?

It has been perplexing to try and follow the opposition to medical cannabis dispensaries in Anne Arundel County. Arguments used seem based on fear and age-old stereotypes.

As an advocate for veterans on behalf of AMVETS, the issue of medical marijuana is often discussed. In 2016, AMVETS membership passed a resolution pushing for veterans’ access to medical marijuana, which makes it part of our legislative agenda. The American Legion has a similar resolution, and we are not alone in this. Veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) are historically conservative, yet they are on-board, and Congress is starting to listen.

To our delight, last week former Speaker of the House John Boehner made a public 180 on the marijuana issue and said his thinking has evolved. “I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”