Wednesday, September 22, 2010

No MMJ for those experiencing PTSD

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM

The Colorado Board of Health has rejected a petition from Sensible Colorado to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments the state considers treatable with medical marijuana.

"Politics have trumped compassion," says SC executive director Brian Vicente in a release. "And now Colorado's suffering veterans will face criminal sanctions for using a medicine that science has shown can help."

The news comes less than a week after the Board of Health held a hearing — which it did not do when considering PTSD — to consider adding Tourette's syndrome. It eventually rejected Tourette's as well.

"Health department officials didn't even have enough respect for veterans to hold a hearing to examine why health officials in New Mexico approved PTSD as a medical marijuana eligible condition," says Vicente. "This is just wrong."

The executive director says his group is considering filing suit to challenge the decision.

Vicente: Our brave veterans deserve access to any medicine that their doctors believe may help.
  • Wayne Armstrong/University of Denver
  • Vicente: 'Our brave veterans deserve access to any medicine that their doctors believe may help.'

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