03.08.2017
policy

Today: Colorado Will Decide If PTSD Is a Qualifying Medical Condition

Looks like it will be a slam dunk.

The Colorado Senate passed the Post-Traumatic Stress Bill in a 34 to 1 vote on March 8. Now, the bill is scheduled for a public hearing before the House State Affairs Committee. If the bill gets full clearance, it would allow people, especially veterans, to use medical marijuana to treat PTSD.

Getting the bill passed has had its share of problems. According to The Cannabist:

The Colorado Board of Health denied multiple petitions for the inclusion, citing the need for more scientific evidence; bills’ trips through the General Assembly have been short-lived; and veterans and PTSD-sufferers’ legal bids were quashed.

Veterans’ need for successful PTSD treatment is crucial. Veteran suicide rates are unconscionable, and finally, Colorado is on board to offer another option for help. Adam Foster, an attorney for PTSD as a qualifying medical-marijuana condition, says this bill is monumental for veterans.

"Colorado has been the leader in so many different regards with regard to the cannabis plant, but we are very much behind the curve as far as using medical cannabis to treat PTSD. Every other state that has considered the issue has approved medical cannabis for the treatment of PTSD, and Colorado is really an outlier in that regard,” Foster tells Westword.

The final hearing at the House State Affairs Committee will be on March 8.

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