Colorado Veterans Suffering From PTSD Denied Medical Marijuana In Colorado
Published on May 1, 2014
Yesterday, a bill calling for post-traumatic stress disorder to be added to the conditions approved for treatment by medical marijuana came before the House committee on State, Military and Veterans Affairs. But it was rejected by a 6-5 vote.
On average a veteran commits suicide every hour in the United States – and medical marijuana has been proven to reduce suicide. But, Colorado veterans who use marijuana to manage their symptoms of PTSD risk losing their Veterans Administration (VA) benefits. VA policy permits veterans in compliance with their state medical marijuana law to continue to receive all their benefits and remain eligible for care in the VA medical system.