The Vote Went Against The Recommendation Of Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment (cdphe) Director Dr.

At present, Colorado does not permit access to medical marijuana to ease any psychological conditions, despite emerging research that suggests that the plant could be helpful in easing PTSD, anxiety, and depression symptoms. SB17-017 represents the first time that a qualifying medical condition for medical marijuana has been added by the state legislature. Twenty states, Guam, and Puerto Rico have already approved PTSD as a qualifying condition for access to medical marijuana, according to Denver-based Hoban Law Group . In July 2015, the Colorado Board of Health, which is instrumental in steering state health policy, colorado marijuana voted not to add PTSD as a qualifying condition. The vote went against the recommendation of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) director Dr. Larry Wolk, who spoke at that meeting in favor of adding PTSD. At that time, Colorado would have been among the first states to allow patients with a psychological condition to access medical marijuana, but Board of Health members said there wasn’t enough scientific data to support recommending marijuana to PTSD patients. State Senator Irene Aguilar (D-32) is a physician who co-sponsored SB17-017. She says she was swayed to support the bill primarily by patient advocacy groups who presented to the legislature’s interim committee on marijuana policy in the summer of 2016, and by the fact that there was support within the CDPHE to add the condition, despite the Board of Health’s decision in 2015. “The Department of Public Health and Environment’s scientific advisory committee had advocated for [adding PTSD as a qualifying condition], but the board of health refused to do it,” Aguilar says. “Based on that recommendation, the interim committee referred this measure to the legislature, to be done by the legislature.” Matthew Kahl, executive director of the 501(c)4 nonprofit Veterans for Natural Rights , has been a vocal advocate for this policy change.

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