Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014, so why are we still worried about the medical marijuana program? Colorado lawmakers are pushing for post-traumatic stress disorder to be classified under the list of conditions qualifying patients for medical marijuana. Many other states have already realized PTSD under their medical marijuana program, like the recent New Jersey inclusion, but it still seems to be a problem in one of our nation’s most progressive marijuana states. Proponents of the law claim that the high tax on recreational marijuana makes it very hard to afford it for medical purposes. Colorado lawmakers have filed a bill that is going to evaluated, and PTSD patients are awaiting the decision.
Despite the fact that marijuana is fully legal in the state of Colorado, giving every adult 21 and older the freedom to get stoned without permission from a doctor, lawmakers are still hell bent on giving patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) the freedom to consume the herb under the state’s medical marijuana program. Not even the valiant efforts tossed into the ring of the state legislature have been strong enough to keep the spirit of this topic alive for too long. However, lawmakers believe 2017 could finally be the year for change.
Several attempts have been made throughout the years to make PTSD a legitimate qualified condition, but the supposed experts behind the Colorado Board of Health have simply refused to budge on the issue. Not even the valiant efforts tossed into the ring of the state legislature have been strong enough to keep the spirit of this topic alive for too long.
However, lawmakers believe 2017 could finally be the year for change.
Colorado Senator Irene Aguilar recently introduced a proposal (Senate Bill 17), which aims to include PTSD as a qualified medical condition. The measure was scheduled to be heard earlier this week before the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, but that meeting was postponed due the bill’s sponsors not yet having a grip over whether their proposal has the solitary power to make the change or if the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment carries all of the weight.
There are some who believe it is ridiculous for lawmakers to continue wasting time trying to legalize another qualified condition, when the state has made weed legal for all—giving adults the right to purchase cannabis products in a manner similar to beer.
But many people suffering from PTSD say Colorado is not doing them any favors by refusing them treatment with medicinal cannabis. Despite the state’s recreational marijuana law, these folks have argued that fixed incomes have made it next to impossible to afford the 28 percent tax that comes from buying marijuana at a retail dispensary.