After years of lobbying by veterans, Colorado adds PTSD as medical marijuana condition
It's the first qualifying condition added under the state's medical marijuana law since its implementation in 2001
June 7, 2017
Post-traumatic stress disorder is now a qualifying condition for doctor-recommended medical marijuana in Colorado.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed Senate Bill 17 into law. The act opens the doors for Colorado residents to receive a doctor's OK to use medical marijuana in the treatment of PTSD symptoms.
Colorado doctors could begin to make those PTSD-specific recommendations in as early as a week — or enough time to provide for the state's information technology office to update the forms, said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Wolk previously spoke in favor of PTSD's addition, namely so the state could have more accurate data on patients who were recommended medical marijuana, why they were accessing it and how they were using it.
"A lot of people were using medical marijuana for PTSD but obtaining it under other diagnoses," Wolk said Tuesday. "We wanted more transparency to what those numbers looked like, what that population looked like."
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