ARIZONA: The Arizona Department of Health Services has until July to accept, modify or reject a ruling saying post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers are eligible for medical marijuana use.
Last December, state health department Director Will Humble denied adding PTSD to the list of qualified diagnoses for cannabis use. Medical marijuana advocate group Arizona Cannabis Nurse Association appealed that decision, and Administrative Judge Thomas Shedden has sided with them.
“Judge Shedden took a compassionate approach and was willing to listen to both patient experience and physician experience, and that is why this judgement is so sensible…because he is doing the right thing by our veterans,” said Sue Sisley, a doctor and lead researcher of a University of Arizona study looking into medical marijuana and its effects on PTSD patients.
For years, she said, veterans with PTSD have been turning to cannabis to manage their symptoms.
“They have been using the plant successfully,” she said. “Unfortunately, because of the fact that it is illegal in the state to utilize marijuana for PTSD, these vets continue to function in the shadows…”