Most Of The Public Testimony Came From Supporters, Who Included Veterans As Well As Survivors Of Abuse And Trauma.

The measure, co-sponsored by Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and Rep. medical marijuana Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, now moves to the House. On Monday, the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee unanimously advanced the bill in a 5-0 vote. At the committee hearing, by a show of hands, the majority of the standing-room-only crowd of about 100 people were in support of SB 17. Most of the public testimony came from supporters, who included veterans as well as survivors of abuse and trauma. The Republican-led committee also heard from physicians representing Colorado’s major medical organizations, including the Colorado Medical Society and the Colorado Psychiatric Society. The question of whether medical marijuana could be used to help treat the symptoms of PTSD has been a highly contested debate in recent years . The Colorado Board of Health, which has not added any new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001, has denied requests to put PTSD on that list. A legal challenge to the Colorado Board of Health’s 2015 ruling denying PTSD as a qualifying condition is currently before the Colorado Court of Appeals . Proponents argue that recreational marijuana is not cost-effective for PTSD patients and limited availability of the low-THC/CBD-heavy products claimed effective for symptoms such as anxiety, nightmares and sleep disorders.

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