I received the following (oustanding and overdue!) legislative alert out of Colorado today:
Gov. John Hickenlooper yesterday signed SB 17 into law, adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying medical conditions. The new addition makes Colorado the 25th state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to allow patients to treat PTSD or its symptoms with medical cannabis.
While Colorado is often at the forefront of cannabis policy, it was one of only a handful of states that did not include access for those diagnosed with PTSD. Repeated efforts to include PTSD through requests to the Colorado Board of Health had not been successful, so a legislative fix is welcome relief.
Access to the medical program is important, even though marijuana is legal for adults 21 and over. It can mean essential protections for veterans receiving care at VA facilities that allow participation in medical programs, in addition to providing access to a wider range of more medicinally focused varieties of cannabis, including those with larger amounts of CBD.
According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, PTSD will affect between seven and eight out every 100 Americans at some point in their lives. In Colorado, that’s over 380,000 people — nearly the population of Colorado Springs. Many find relief using medical marijuana throughout the U.S., and medical cannabis programs should not leave behind these patients. Finally in Colorado, they won’t be.
This is great news! Please pass this message to your networks online and help spread the word.
Senior Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project