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Medical Marijuana For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Denied in Colorado

Medical Marijuana For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Denied in Colorado

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 09/27/2010 in Medical Marijuana News

When it comes to politics and medical marijuana, unfortunately there always isn’t good news to report. Last week, the Colorado state Health Department denied a petition to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the list of medical conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. And that means Colorado marijuana doctors will not be able to recommend marijuana for the treatment of PTSD, even though countless patients and veterans find marijuana to be an effective medicine for the serious condition.

Earlier this summer, Kevin Grimsinger, an Army veteran who suffers from the disorder and who lost his legs after stepping on a land mine in 2001 in Afghanistan, filed the petition to include PTSD as a qualifying condition to use medical marijuana in Colorado. Ned Calonge, Colorado’s chief medical officer, reviewed the petition and180 days to decide whether it warranted a public hearing before the state Board of Health.

Health Department officials said they looked for examples of controlled clinical trials of the drug and evidence that marijuana wouldn’t cause more harm than good in considering whether to present the petition to the state Board of Health for its final approval.

Colorado medical marijuana law states that the Colorado Board of Health may approve new conditions to the list of currently approved ailments. Since the passing of the law in 2000, the Board has yet to approve any new conditions. The Board of Health has previously denied petitions for Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, asthma and bipolar disorder in the past because of a lack of a scientific basis.

Of all of the 14 medical marijuana states, New Mexico is the only state that explicitly names PTSD as a qualifying condition, though it does also qualify in California due to the very liberal CA medical marijuanalaw.

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