Update: Colorado Says No To PTSD As An Ailment For Marijuana

For the third time in as many tries, Colorado’s Board of Health voted to reject the possibility of adding PTSD to its list of ailments eligible for medical marijuana in the state. PTSD sufferers were at the vote and after the board’s decision, the group jeered, with many asked to leave.

As of May, Colorado had about 113,000 people on the medical- marijuana registry. To be on the list, patients must get a doctor’s recommendation for using pot to treat one of eight debilitating conditions, ranging from cancer and AIDS to severe pain and nausea. More than 93 percent of patients list severe pain as their condition.

Dr. Larry Wolk is Colorado’s chief medical officer. He didn’t have a vote on the Board of Health, but he did admit that adding PTSD to the list was a good idea because there have been reports of PTSD sufferers claiming pain as their ailment in order to get medical marijuana.

According to an article in ABC News, A dozen veterans testified at yesterday’s meeting, with many that vets routinely ask pot-shop employees, not physicians, about using marijuana to treat PTSD.

Last year, Colorado put together a panel of doctors and medical marijuana advocates to review studies about marijuana’s medical benefits. The Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council made its PTSD recommendation in April, saying the ailment could be added for a four-year trial. But last night, board members sided with the American Psychiatric Society, which was against adding the ailment. Dr. Doris Gunderson, who testified on behalf of the group, said, “The science we have…overwhelmingly demonstrates more harm than good at this point in time.”


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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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