DENVER – Coloradans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will now be able to treat their conditions with doctor-approved medical marijuana, bringing a close to a years-long fight.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17 Monday, which will allow physicians, after consultation and a medical background review, to prescribe patients suffering from doctor-diagnosed PTSD with medical marijuana treatments.
Colorado joins at least 20 other states, as well as Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories, to allow medical pot treatments for PTSD.
Medical marijuana users approved for PTSD treatments will have to adhere to the state’s normal rules for medical marijuana: They will only be able to have up to 2 ounces of usable product and no more than six plants at a time—only three of which can be mature and flowering. But they will also be allowed to petition their primary caregiver for more.
The fight to get PTSD covered as a medical condition for medical marijuana use has been ongoing for years.
Colorado legislators worked on Senate Bill 17 throughout the legislative session. After the Senate quickly passed it in early February, the House took its time and offered amendments before passing the bill on the “marijuana holiday” of 4/20. The Senate concurred with the House amendments on April 25, and Hickenlooper signed the bill Monday.