Colorado Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Approximately 8 million adults suffer from PTSD, including many military veterans. (WikiMedia Commons/USMC)

DENVER, CO — Lawmakers in the Colorado legislature have passed a measure to add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the state.

The measure, Senate Bill 17, will now be sent to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for final approval.  It was approved

Previous attempts to add PTSD to the conditions that qualify a…

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Here Are the 23 States That Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Approximately 8 million adults suffer from PTSD, including many military veterans. (WikiMedia Commons/USMC)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not rare. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about eight million adults suffer from it in any given year, including tens of thousands of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans. Somewhere between 11% and 20% of those vets will suffer from it each year.

PTSD isn’t limited to vets, though—trauma comes in many forms—and 7% to 8%…

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Minnesota Adds PTSD to Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

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In a press conference last week, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the Minnesota Commissioner of Health, announced the department will add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.

Patients who suffer from PTSD and have their doctor’s certification will be eligible to sign up for a medical cannabis card beginning August 2017.

Dr. Ehlinger also announced that the department will expand the program by allowing medical cannabis…

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Minnesota: PTSD Added to Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

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Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be eligible for medical marijuana in Minnesota starting in August.

“This decision was made after careful deliberation of available evidence, consultation with experts in the field and public input,” the Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger said in a statement announcing the change to the program. “While the process of reviewing these potential additions was difficult due to the…

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Signs Medical Marijuana for PTSD Bill, But There’s a Catch

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Signs Medical Marijuana for PTSD Bill, But There’s a Catch

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has finally signed into law a bill passed by the General Assembly earlier this year to allow those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, including veterans, to participate in the Garden State’s medical marijuana program.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to affect eight million Americans annually, including many military veterans returning from combat, as well as victims and witnesses of violent crimes.

Assembly Bill 457 will allow veterans and…

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Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Allowing PTSD Patients Medical Marijuana Access

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Allowing PTSD Patients Medical Marijuana Access

PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed legislation, House Bill 7142, to make post-traumatic stress patients eligible for medical cannabis treatment and to accelerate access to those patients in hospice care.

Members of both chambers previously overwhelmingly approved the measure. Full text of the bill is available here.

The law takes immediate effect.

Post traumatic stress patients and those in hospice care ought to be able to legally access cannabis in instances where their physician recommends it. Cannabis is a…

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New Jersey Assembly Approves Adding PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions

New Jersey Assembly Approves Adding PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Assembly voted in favor of a bill Thursday that would add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of medical conditions that qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program.

The bill, Assembly Bill 457, was approved by a voted 55 to 14, with seven abstentions.  Also on Thursday, a companion bill in the Senate, Senate Bill 2345, was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Under the joint proposals, New Jersey residents who suffer from PTSD would be…

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House Votes to Allow Veterans to Access Medical Marijuana

House Votes to Allow Veterans to Access Medical Marijuana

Amendment Will Allow VHA Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Patients in Medical Marijuana States; Amendment Already Passed Senate Appropriations Committee, Will Likely Become Law Later This Year

WASHINGTON, DC – The House passed a bipartisan amendment on Thursday, 233 to 189, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. The vote already passed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, but narrowly failed in the House last year.

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US House Approves Amendment Easing Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans

I cannot stress how much of a big deal this amendment is. The fact that the VA was prohibited from recommending cannabis as a treatment for *any* condition for our veterans, given the plethora of medical issues they’ve suffered because of combat, was an ongoing tragedy. Forcing them onto various synthetic drugs by the bucket-full is all too often a case of the cure being worse than the disease, especially for our soldiers. Our veterans have been ignored for far too long.

The most shocking statistic I’ve ever seen was in 2011. That…

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House Members Vote to Permit Military Veterans Access to Medical Cannabis