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Colorado Set To Consider Adding PTSD To List Of Eligible Ailments For Medical Marijuana

Today, the  Colorado Board of Health is set to consider adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that are eligible to be treated with medical marijuana. If the board approves the addition, Colorado would become the 10th state to make PTSD a qualifying condition for medical pot. It would also be the first condition added to Colorado’s registry since voters approved medical marijuana 15 years ago.

According to an article in CBS News, the board has rejected PTSD petitions twice in the past, blaming a lack of research. But this year, Colorado chief medical officer Dr. Larry Wolk is recommending that PTSD be added on a four-year trial basis. Last year, Wolk testified against making the move, but he changed his mine after seeing “overwhelming evidence” that people with PTSD are already on the registry after citing severe pain as their ailment.

In Colorado, patients must get a doctor’s recommendation for using pot to treat one of eight debilitating conditions, including  from cancer and AIDS to severe pain and nausea. More than 93 percent of current patients claim severe pain as their condition.

Colorado has spent over $3 million for two medical studies involving the use of pot for treatment of PTSD. Those studies have just begun.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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