In early October, a monumental moment occurred in the legal marijuana movement. A congressional committee recently held a debate about the medical use of cannabis by cops. More research on the proposal was granted, symbolizing a serious shift in the way medical cannabis is perceived.
Florida Republican Proposes More Research on Medical Cannabis for Cops
The bill was proposed and sponsored by Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz. Yes, a republican from Florida strongly supports “the mental health and wellbeing of law enforcement officers.” And he wants to see things change.
According to Gaetz, “There is substantial evidence that indicates that there is a case to be made for the medical efficacy of cannabis in the treatment of mental health and particularly PTSD. Our policies should follow the science and not this ridiculous, antiquated dogma perpetuated by lies through the federal government.”
He couldn’t have been more clear about his beliefs when stating, “The federal government has lied to the American people for a generation about cannabis.”
The amendment proposes that the US Attorney General (in this case, Jeff Sessions) confers with veterans affairs and secretaries of defense and presents Congress reports about “mental health practices that could be adopted” by members of law enforcement.
During the debate, Gaetz let his strong disagreement with federal marijuana laws publicly known. He talked passionately about “idiotic policy in this country where we list cannabis as a Schedule I drug.”
He proposed amendment urged the report to look at the “Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs mental health practices and services.” Which includes the “medical cannabis treatment on mental health, that could be adopted by Federal, State, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies.”
In the end, Gaetz withdrew the amendment. Why? In hopes that the government is serious enough about working with him that new research can be supported by legislation alone.
Medical Cannabis, Cops, and Canada
American officials, it seems could learn a thing or two about medical cannabis for cops from our neighbor to the north. In Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) embrace the use of medical marijuana. In 2015-2016, the number of active and former members of the RCMP who were reimbursed for medical marijuana prescriptions more than doubled.
Canada strongly supports the use of medical cannabis for conditions like PTSD. The increasing number of veterans who use medical marijuana in Canada actually encouraged an internal review. This review led to the increased legal limit of cannabis that can be used by vets in Canada to 10 grams a day.
Cannabis cures. And it can cure cops just as much as it can other people. Yes, there’s definitely some hypocrisy to be found in the situation. It really does however, symbolize a serious change in attitudes towards medical cannabis. We’re all for legalization for everyone. Cops included. And we’d love to see police put that in their pipe and smoke it.