Lawmaker Says Marijuana Should Be Allowed For Veterans With PTSD



‚ÄčA Colorado lawmaker wants veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder to be able to use medical marijuana.

Sen. Sal Pace (D-Pueblo) will try to amend proposed medical marijuana regulations, House Bill 1284, to allow the practice during a committee meeting Monday, reports The Associated Press.
The amendment would require PTSD sufferers to get a recommendation from a psychiatrist before they would qualify for medical cannabis.
“Frankly, I think it’s one small step to help our veterans,” Pace said. “An eight-member board of physicians in New Mexico just verified that medical marijuana does assist in fighting the symptoms of PTSD,” he told The Denver Channel.

The Marijuana Policy Project is backing Pace’s amendment, as is patient advocacy group Sensible Colorado.
Brian Vicente, director of Sensible Colorado, said his group gets calls from dozens of veterans asking if they can qualify for medical marijuana.
The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote Monday on regulations for people who grow and sell medical marijuana, two weeks after the first public hearing on the changes.
Dispensaries would be licensed, and would be required to grow most of their own marijuana under the proposal. Communities would be able to ban dispensaries within their boundaries.
Smaller dispensaries fear only larger shops will be able to meet the new legal standards. Some patients say their needs have been ignored in the rush to regulate the booming medical marijuana industry.