(16 Jul 2015) Citing scant research, Colorado health officials voted Wednesday against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.
The 6-2 vote came despite a recommendation from Colorado’s chief medical officer and a panel of physicians to make PTSD the first condition added to Colorado’s medical pot eligibility list in 15 years. Board members said they weren’t swayed by the recommendation because studies on using pot for PTSD are lacking.
The vote was the third time the board has rejected petitions to add PTSD to the list. About five dozen PTSD sufferers attended the hearing, some loudly jeering. A few were asked to leave.
Colorado allows adults over 21 to buy pot for recreational use, with no doctor’s recommendation needed. But medical pot in Colorado is taxed at 2.9 percent, compared with at least 19 percent for recreational pot. Medical patients are allowed to possess twice as much marijuana — 2 ounces instead of 1 ounce.
Since 2000, Colorado voters approved both medical and recreational pot legalization, while state government officials, including the nine-member health board, generally have resisted expanding marijuana access.
Colorado had about 113,000 people on the medical marijuana registry in May, the most recent data available. About 6,300 were under 21.
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