Before Arizona passed its medical marijuana law there were dire predictions about the destruction which would befall Arizona for allowing the medical use of cannabis. Those prophecies proved to be false. Now, Arizona is considering expanding the conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed by a physician.
“Arizona health officials are considering adding post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and migraines as qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana. Department of Health Services Director Will Humble is expected to decide this week.
Voters approved Proposition 203 in November 2010, and it went in effect in April 2011. Under the law, individuals can use marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Crohn’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. The measure also gave the Department of Health Services the ability to expand the list of qualifying conditions.
As of May 8, about 28,000 patients have participated in the program. If the state expands qualifying conditions to include PTSD, Humble estimates the program will add 15,000 to 20,000 patients.
As cannabis has a remarkable history helping people with PTSD, and as we have far too many members of our armed forces suffering from that condition, adding PTSD to the list makes sense. But wouldn’t legalization just be easier?
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