Colorado rejects post-traumatic stress disorder as a condition for medical marijuana prescription

DENVER - Colorado rejected marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder Monday, the third time efforts have failed to add the condition to the list of ailments for which doctors can recommend pot.

Colorado allows any adult over 21 to buy marijuana, but supporters of a bill to add PTSD to the list of eight qualifying conditions to join the state's medical marijuana registry argued that PTSD merits inclusion.

The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee rejected the bill 6-5 Monday evening after lengthy testimony from doctors and veterans. The state Health Department has twice rejected petitions to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions.

Colorado's chief medical officer and head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Dr. Larry Wolk says inadequate research exists to show marijuana is an effective treatment for PTSD.

Several veterans disagreed, some wiping away tears as they told of struggling with pharmaceuticals to treat PTSD.

But two doctors testify that cannabis can make PTSD symptoms worse, or make users more prone to violence or depression.
 

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