Colorado residents with post-traumatic stress disorder now qualify for medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday, June 5.
The Cannabist of the Denver Post reports that this qualifying condition is the first new one added to the state’s medical marijuana law since 2001. The other qualifying conditions in the state are HIV or AIDS, cachexia, cancer, glaucoma, severe nausea, pain, continued spasms and seizures.
Senate Bill 17 in Colorado has a stipulation anyone under the age of 18 with diagnosed PTSD needs one of the two recommending doctors to be a pediatrician, board-certified physician or child and adolescent psychiatrist, according to the report.
This new addition comes after veterans groups made several failed “coordinated bids” to add PTSD as a qualifying condition. The Cannabist reports that doctors will be able to prescribe PTSD-specific recommendations once Colorado’s IT office updates the necessary forms, which should be in the next week or so.
Past attempts to add medical marijuana qualifying conditions fell short with the state’s board of health due to a lack of published studies and randomized controlled trials.