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Complaint Filed Against Colorado To Allow Pot For PTSD Treatment

COLORADO:  Several people on Wednesday filed a complaint in Denver District Court against the Colorado Board of Health‘s decision in July not to add post-traumatic stress disorder to medical conditions that can be treated under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The complaint lists Curtis Bean, Larisa Bolivar, Stephen Otero, Matthew Kahl and Zach Phillips as plaintiffs in the case. They are asking that a judge overturn  the board’s ruling. Several are military veterans, and one is a survivor of sexual and physical abuse.

In the complaint, attorneys argue that the plaintiffs’ access to appropriate medicinal strains of marijuana has been “severely impeded” by the board’s refusal to recognize PTSD as an appropriate condition for the medical marijuana recommendations.

Was Big Pharma Behind Colorado’s Rejection Of Medical Marijuana For PTSD?

COLORADO:  Washington’s voters legalized recreational marijuana the same day that Colorado’s did, but so far that state has been far behind Colorado in creating the infrastructure for the new industry.

Far behind in most ways, that is: Last week the Colorado Board of Health again rejected adding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed, but Washington will be approving PTSD on July 24.

In making its decision, the Colorado board cited a lack of sufficient scientific evidence proving the plant’s effective treatment of PTSD — but Sue Sisley begs to differ. She’s the Arizona physician who’s been researching the effect of marijuana on veterans suffering from PTSD, and had been awarded a $2 million grant from Colorado for a study that’s gained the approval of the FDA — but that study continues to be on hold, since the fed-approved facility has not been able to produce the requested strains of cannabis.

Colorado Rejects Medical Marijuana Use For PTSD

COLORADO:  Citing scant research, Colorado health officials voted Wednesday against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.

The 6-2 vote came despite a recommendation from the Colorado Chief Medical Officer and a panel of physicians to make PTSD the first condition added to Colorado’s medical pot eligibility list in 15 years. Board members said they weren’t swayed by the recommendation because studies on using pot for PTSD are lacking.

“We can’t have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don’t have data to show it’s correct,” said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.

The vote was the third time the board has rejected petitions to add PTSD to the list. About five dozen PTSD sufferers attended the hearing, some loudly jeering. A few were asked to leave.


Pot For PTSD? Colorado Reconsiders Medical Marijuana Rule

COLORADO:  The Colorado Board of Health is considering adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.

If approved in a vote Wednesday, Colorado would become the 10th state to make PTSD a qualifying condition for medical pot. In addition, it would be the first condition added to Colorado’s registry since voters approved medical marijuana 15 years ago.

The board has rejected PTSD petitions twice before, citing a lack of research. But this year, Dr. Larry Wolk, the state’s chief medical officer, is recommending that PTSD be added on a four-year trial basis, so the outcome could change.

Wolk testified last year against such a move but now says his mind was changed by overwhelming evidence that people with PTSD have already been listed on the registry after citing severe pain as their ailment.

Marijuana Could Treat PTSD Under New Legislation

ILLINOIS: Post-traumatic stress disorder would be considered a debilitating illness that can be treated with medically prescribed marijuana under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The House approved state Rep. Lou Lang’s measure 68-36 on Saturday. The Skokie Democrat says marijuana can help people suffering from PTSD.

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event that a person experiences or witnesses. There has been a lot of attention to it in the past decade because troops in combat are susceptible.



Illinois Medical Marijuana Approved For PTSD, Osteoarthritis

ILLINOIS:  Illinois residents could use medical marijuana to treat chronic migraines and post-traumatic stress disorder, but not anxiety or diabetes under recommendations that an advisory board agreed to on Monday.

The board, which is made up of doctors, nurses, patients and a pharmacist, held a public meeting in Chicago to consider whether to expand Illinois’ nascent medical marijuana program to include the treatment of additional diseases and disorders. The state Department of Public Health will consider the recommendations.

Besides chronic migraines and PTSD, the board voted to recommend adding osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy to the list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program.

State Senate OKs PTSD As Qualifying Condition For Medical Pot

WASHINGTON:  The Senate has unanimously passed a measure that adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 5379 passed the chamber Tuesday night and now heads to the House for consideration.

Washington voters approved a medical marijuana law in 1998 that gives doctors the right to recommend – but not prescribe – marijuana for people suffering from cancer and other conditions that cause “intractable pain.” 

In 2012, voters passed a measure allowing the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use at licensed stores, which started opening last summer. Several measures have been brought forth by lawmakers this year after to address the dual markets.

Washington Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana To Treat PTSD

WASHINGTON:  People diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder would become eligible to use medical marijuana under a proposal being considered in the Legislature.

Several veterans showed up Tuesday at the Capitol to testify in favor of  Senate Bill 5379, which would add PTSD to the list of terminal or debilitating conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana use.

PTSD is defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as “anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event.”

Under state law, conditions now eligible to be treated with medical marijuana include cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, intractable pain, glaucoma and Crohn’s disease.

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, said that adding PTSD to the list of eligible diagnoses would help veterans who continue to suffer from wartime injuries and psychological stress.

Colorado Honors Axed Arizona Professor With $2M Grant Nomination To Study Pot’s Effects On PTSD

COLORADO:  After an uncertain few months, Colorado has welcomed a once-shunned marijuana researcher with open arms.

Dr. Sue Sisley, who was controversially fired from her teaching position at the University of Arizona in July, has been nominated for a $2 million grant from the Rocky Mountain state to continue her medical research.

The pot pioneer — who has expressed suspicion that it was political influence that resulted in her abrupt termination — had up until now feared that her study of marijuana’s effects on post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, would be long halted without a lab.

With the generous grant, awaiting a board’s Dec. 17 approval, Sisley’s study into the potential benefits, specifically for U.S. veterans, could go on.


Arizona OKs Medical Marijuana For Patients With PTSD

ARIZONA: Thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally.

State health director Will Humble decided Wednesday there is at least one study showing the drug can be helpful in treating the symptoms of PTSD. He said that, combined with some anecdotal evidence, provides what he needs under Arizona law to allow doctor with a qualifying patient to recommend the drug.

But Humble said he is approving the drug for use only to help patients deal with the symptoms of PTSD. He said there is no evidence that marijuana can be useful to actually treat or cure the condition.

Humble placed one other limit on doctors: Before they can recommend marijuana to deal with PTSD symptoms, they must first attest the patient has been undergoing more conventional treatments. That would require doctors to first try something else rather than simply using marijuana as the first choice.