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Advocacy Group Gives PTSD Another Try In Colorado

Advocacy Group Gives PTSD Another Try In Colorado

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/31/2012 in Medical Marijuana Conditions

The Colorado Board of Health, late in 2010, denied a petition from a marijuana advocacy group based out of Colorado to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the approved listen of conditions considered by the state of Colorado o be treatable with medical marijuana. The pro-marijuana advocacy group goes by the name of Sensible Colorado.

Nearly a year and a half later, Sensible Colorado is at it again, fighting for what they believe should be corrected. Joined by a vast amount of supporters and military veterans, the group filed a second petition on Tuesday with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Sensible Colorado is seeking the addition of post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, to the approved list of treatable conditions. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that afflicts between 11% and 20% of veterans of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Executive Director at Sensible Colorado, Brian Vicente, says, “Really, what’s happened since the last time we filed is, hundreds and hundreds of veterans have committed suicide, and we hear from veterans every day or quite often at Sensible Colorado, that say that this helps them. So, we feel it’s compelling both scientifically and morally.”

In terms of taking a look at the bigger picture and examining surrounding states, the Associated Press reported last week that Arizona is currently conducting hearings that are going to determine whether or not to add post-traumatic stress disorder to it’s own list of approved conditions. Vicente says that post-traumatic stress disorder is the second-most cited reason for the use of medicinal marijuana in New Mexico.

Former chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Ned Calogne, exited from his term as superiority late in 2010. Due to his exit, the odds of passing this petition to add PTSD to the approved list of conditions now stands a way better chance. Calogne was always very vocal about his mistrust of the use of medical marijuana, which a sentiment his replacement, Christopher Urbina, has never expressed concern for.

Brian Vicente says, “So we’re hoping that they’ll take a serious look at this, and if nothing else, have a public hearing where they can actually hear from these wounded soldiers, and other folks that have suffered from this condition.”

About seventy-percent of adults in the United States have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives, which equals out to around 223.4 million people. Up to twenty-percent of these people go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, and as of today, that’s about 31.3 million people who did or are currently struggling with the effects of PTSD.

The least Colorado could do is help those individuals who are suffering with a source of relief by granting them their wish to use medical marijuana. 

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