We’ve left a message with a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for confirmation, but in the meantime it seems a second petition to have post-traumatic stress disorder added to the state’s list of conditions considered treatable with medical marijuana has, essentially, been denied.
“In order to approve the petition, the Heath Department must schedule a Public Hearing in front of the Board of Health within 120 days,” reads a press release from Brian Vicente, Sensible Colorado and the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “Since 120 days have elapsed since the petition’s filing without a Hearing being scheduled, the petition is effectively denied.”
Because of this a new group, Veterans for 64, will be formed to back Amendment 64, the marijuana-decriminalization ballot question.
We covered the issue in our July issue of ReLeaf, writing at the time, “It’s an interesting situation, because since its inception in 2000, the Colorado medical marijuana law has never OK’d anything but the original maladies. Contrast that with states like New Mexico, which put PTSD on its list of approved ailments at the behest of its veterans; California’s already lenient law — which was written to allow doctors to prescribe MMJ at their discretion for what the California Department of Public Health calls “any other chronic or persistent medical symptom”; and Arizona, which has already done exactly what Sensible Colorado is trying to do.”
– Read the entire article at Colorado Springs Independent.