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Colorado Adds PTSD to List of Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

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Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17 into law on Monday adding PTSD to the state’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions list. It’s been a yearlong fight to get this condition added in the state. Patients must undergo a consultation and check of their medical background before they can be recommended for medical marijuana.

PTSD sufferers will be able to possess up to 2-ounces of usable medical marijuana, according to The Denver Channel. Acceptance to the state’s medical marijuana program allows those with PTSD to reap all of the benefits of the state’s program, including home growing of up to six plants. Three of those plants may be mature/flowering.

As a patient, they will also be allowed to look for a primary caregiver to grow medicine specifically for them.

A lack of research was a primary reason for PTSD’s rejection in earlier attempts. The issue finally made it to the state’s appeals court to become the 10th medical condition allowed under Colorado’s medical marijuana program.

After study information was reviewed by the Colorado Department of Health, including a veterans only study, the measure was finally successful. In February, the Senate passed Senate Bill 17. The House didn’t pass the measure until April 20th with the Senate confirming the amendments on April 25th. Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17 into law on June 5th.