PTSD patients in Colorado want to use medical marijuana instead of recreational

PTSD patients in Colorado want to use medical marijuana instead of recreational

Earlier in July the Board of Health in Colorado decided not to allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to buy medical marijuana for PTSD treatment. Now five patients with diagnosed PTSD filed a suit in Denver District Court. They demand to allow people with PTSD to buy medical cannabis instead of recreational.

Can we use marijuana for PTSD treatment?

The full list of debilitating conditions that can give you an access to medical marijuana includes eight diseases: AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, chronic wasting diseases, severe nausea and severe pain. A panel of Colorado physicians and a local chief medical officer recommended to allow prescriptions of medical weed for patients with PTSD. They are sure that medical marijuana treats PTSD. Colorado’s authorities declined changing the mentioned list despite of this recommendation.

According to the Colorado officials, the main reason to reject marijuana as a PTSD treatment was a lack of confirmed medical research to confirm its effectiveness. Bob Hoban, PTSD patients’ lawyer, said the board has insisted on federal study, which he considered to be a futile effort in this situation.

Now local authorities have 21 days to give their response to the complaint.

Choose medical pot instead of recreational

It is absolutely clear why PTSD patients in Colorado want to have access to medical marijuana. First of all, PTSD sufferers in Illinois, Arizona, and a few other states has already got a chance to buy medical marijuana.

The second reason is the huge difference between Colorado’s taxes for medical and recreational pot. If you are more than 21 years old, you can buy recreational cannabis with 25 percent tax included. Meanwhile, medical marijuana is taxed at only 2.9 percent.

And the third reason is the difference between the amount of cannabis possessing for people with medical prescription and other customers. Medical patients can keep up to 2 ounces of marijuana. All other customers are allowed to possess only up to 1 ounce.


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