These Colorado Military Vets Are Suing Over Marijuana

COLORADO:  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental ailment that affects people who have experienced serious traumatic events in their lives. It is typically found in people who have served in the military during wars, people who have been sexually abused, and people who have witnessed or experienced many other dreadful situations. People suffering from the disorder will often relive these terrible experiences in their minds and feel waves of fear and depression. Almost 10 percent of the population experiences PTSD at some point in their lives.

Medical marijuana is becoming more and more popular as a treatment tool for PTSD. With an estimated 22 veterans killing themselves every day in the U.S., mostly due to PTSD, any method for fighting the illness a patient can get is important. With that in mind, nine states currently allow those who have been diagnosed with PTSD to acquire marijuana to treat their symptoms. That doesn’t mean these people are just getting high to forget their problems, but they are often using marijuana to help treat the symptoms while they seek therapy and other approaches for trying to cure the disorder. CBD, the compound in marijuana that doesn’t get people high like THC does, is said to be beneficial for people who have PTSD, so they might not be getting high at all.

Unfortunately for veterans and others with PTSD who want to get medical marijuana in Colorado, the illness is not on the list of reasons someone can get a medical marijuana card. The state government appointed a board of experts to look at if PTSD should be added to the list of reasons to get a medical card, and that board decided against it in July. Now, five PTSD patients from Colorado are suing the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and the Colorado Board of Health to get the decision changed.


Memorial Day 2015 And Medical Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Along with family picnics and public concerts, as a country we wear poppies and decorate the graves of the fallen on the last Monday in May to honor our soldiers who have died while serving in the military. It is a holiday to remember their great sacrifices to protect our country, our citizens, and our way of life.

As we pause to celebrate Memorial Day this year, it also gives us an occasion to consider the sacrifices made by all those who have served, including the tens of thousands of veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional problems resulting from their service to our country.

While additional placebo-controlled research is needed to reconfirm the benefits of medical marijuana in reducing PTSD symptoms, existing research, along with anecdotal accounts from large numbers of PTSD sufferers, is sufficient today to justify its recommendation by physicians. Many combat veterans suffering from PTSD rely on cannabis to control their anger, nightmares and sometimes-violent rage.


Marijuana Research Projects Getting State Funding

COLORADO:  Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot’s medical potential.

The grants to be awarded by the state Board of Health would go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Though the awards are relatively small, they represent a new frontier for marijuana research. That’s because the Colorado grants are outside of the usual federal channels for approving marijuana research, a process that some say stymies pot research.

Federal approval to study marijuana’s medical potential requires permission of the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And there’s only one legal source of the weed, the Marijuana Research Project at the University of Mississippi.