Five people with PTSD are bringing a lawsuit against Colorado over its decision not to allow their condition to be treated under the state’s medical marijuana program, even though the substance is already legal in the state for recreational purposes.
The plaintiffs include four war veterans and one victim of sexual assault who filed the suit on Wednesday and asked that a judge overturn the Colorado Board of Health’s July decision.
All of them self-medicated by smoking pot for their trauma and were prescribed additional drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All five of them say medical marijuana has relieved their symptoms more effectively, and with fewer side effects, than the prescription drugs.
Attorneys argue in the complaint that the plaintiffs’ access to appropriate medicinal strains of marijuana has been “severely impeded” by the medical board’s refusal to recognize PTSD as a condition that is appropriate for medical marijuana recommendations.
The exclusion of PTSD from the list was made despite a recommendation from Colorado’s chief medical officer Dr. Larry Wolk. The panel ultimately struck it down with a 6-2 vote, citing insufficient federal research.
RT/Aug. 22, 2015
Photo: The Denver Post
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