Colorado health panel votes against will of the people and chief med director to keep vets drugged with pharmaceuticals instead of relieving PTSD with marijuana

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

For a state where voters recently chose to run afoul of federal drug laws and “legalize” recreational marijuana, this one truly is a head-scratcher.

As reported by Reuters and other sources, Colorado health officials have just tossed a bid by medical pot advocates to place cannabis on the list of approved treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, an ailment most commonly associated with military veterans.

That’s odd for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is because voters in Colorado (along with Washington State) approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use in 2012.

But the decision is also baffling because research shows that marijuana use can relieve PTSD symptoms in some patients. In addition, the decision is odd because the state permits recreational use of pot.

Nevertheless, as Reuters noted, while state officials allow the use of medical marijuana for other conditions, they have refused three times to put PTSD on the list of approved ailments.

A similar proposal last year failed to pass the state Legislature.

“They’re smoking it anyway”

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