By BARBARA BROSHER
Photo: Barbara Brosher – Jeff Staker asks the Veterans’ Affairs committee to support his push for legalizing the use of medical marijuana.
The American Legion of Indiana passed a resolution Sunday calling on Congress to recognize marijuana as a drug with medical value and asking Indiana legislatures to develop a medical marijuana program.
Kokomo veteran Jeff Staker originally drafted the resolution. He started the non-profit Hoosier Veterans For Medical Cannabis to push for the change. Staker thinks a medical marijuana program could help veterans suffering from opioid addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical issues.
“We got veterans dying every 30 minutes of prescription pain overdose,” Staker says.