PTSD Sufferers Should Be Able to Use Medical Marijuana in Arizona, Says Judge

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An administrative law judge this week ordered the state to allow PTSD sufferers to use medical marijuana, reversing a decision by the state health-services department.

Will Humble, director of the state DHS, wrote about Wednesday's decision by state Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden in his blog today.

"I have until July 9 to either accept, reject or modify the recommended decision," Humble wrote. "I'll be studying the report and will make a decision after analyzing the Decision and Order."

See also:
-PTSD and Depression Denied as Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Arizona

In January, Humble denied a petition to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions for the medical-marijuana program, citing a lack of evidence that it does any good for the ailment. He referenced a report by University of Arizona researchers released in December which reviewed the findings of six reports conducted by various groups of scientists between 2009 and 2013.

Only one of the six was deemed a "high-quality" report with an appropriate level of information. The paper, by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, concluded only that the evidence was limited. It also mentions that a 2009 study showed that synthetic cannabinoids -- man-made versions of the active ingredients found naturally in the marijuana plant -- helped PTSD sufferers quite a lot, as far as quieting their disturbing nightmares.

At a recent hearing held before Judge Shedden, "substantial evidence" was related showing that pot can help PTSD symptoms, the order states. Shedden says that state DHS officials had misinterpreted the state Medical Marijuana Act if they didn't think PTSD should be added as qualifying condition.

"Consequently, the Appellant's appeal is granted and that PTSD is added to the list of debilitating conditions for which marijuana may be dispensed," Shedden wrote.

However, as mentioned, Humble can appeal the decision.

We'll keep you posted as to whether Shedden's order sticks.

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Bryce Wilson
Bryce Wilson

Yes it helps with some if not most of the symptoms I currently suffer from. Versus the pharmaceutical meds I am given. The higher cbd edibles during day time helps followed by a high thc Indica before bedtime.

AkaTed
AkaTed

@ people and paranoia ? with PTS you can cut out  paranoia with a Indica dominant strain or Hybrid Indica dominant strain. As far as sleep when I use cannabis I don't dream at all at it suppresses REM for me. In turn I don't have no flashbacks at all I have tried every prescribed medicine prescribed by a Dr's and still had flashbacks..!! I have tried EMDR,CBT,CPT I dont have many option's left but find relief with this medicine..My Family supports me  because they see they difference in my life as well.Again thank's to Heather,Ken,Ricardo and UA

Dot Davis
Dot Davis

Yes. Any type of stress for that matter

Tyson Troy Dalgai
Tyson Troy Dalgai

Defintaley, and legalize for everybody. I don't use the stuff myself but that should not mean I should stop someone else who wants to use it.

James Tacker
James Tacker

A very good question. It could mellow them out, or make them paranoid.

Angie Long Williams
Angie Long Williams

Unless u suffer from it you have no clue how it feels YES to all the mental issues!!!

Wendy Lawe
Wendy Lawe

should be up to the doctors. we're not qualified to answer that!

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

You draw a lot of conclusions, Kody. How's that work out for you? Are you unaware that people smoked pot before any of these laws changed?

Kody Ray
Kody Ray

Yeah, because as a society we shouldn't look to grow and become better. Many of the veterans of the Vietnam War lived really shitty lives that no one should have to live through. You want more kids on the streets with mental health issues, in and out of jail, wasting your tax dollars that should be going into infrastructure and education?

Bill Manstis
Bill Manstis

Head meds are for people born broken and are causing vet suicide Medical marijuana is the only choice

Panayiota Bertzikis
Panayiota Bertzikis

Yes. It helped so many PTSD veterans that I know and Az vets should be afforded the same options to help manage symptoms.

Heather Manus
Heather Manus

Absolutely! btw, Who is the appellant who continues to fight for the freedom to choose? Do you even know, PNT??

Heath Clouse
Heath Clouse

Suggesting that certain strains will make a vet with a weapon more dangerous may just be the most ridiculous thing I've read on the internet this year, so far.

Trinidad Elizabeth
Trinidad Elizabeth

if it helps them. some people get paranoid when they smoke. paranoia is probably something we all want to avoid in ptsd victims especially if their ptsd is from their stints in Afghanistan and they're gun owners. better give then the right strain the first time! !

Arizona Patients Choice
Arizona Patients Choice

YES in every states programs it should be available. Not just to soldiers but all who are subjected to PTSD.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Vietnam vets didn't wait for permission to get high. Today's vets are wimps.

tr7fan
tr7fan

thats great . i have fibromyalgia and back rebuilt with titanium and medicinal pot doestnt do jack for me. i got 3 different painkillers i take 3x a day and another once a day

penino
penino

Marijuana can help some people but large groups a people are claiming to be ill in order to freely smoke marijuana. They need to get off drugs and use the good things in life. http://ow.ly/xKKld

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

The fact of the matter is that weed affects all people differently. I already have paranoia and anxiety attacks, and weed does nothing but heighten that shit! Don't judge me for not wanting to smoke it you fools! What do you all think, that all people who don't smoke weed or do other drugs are assholes because you fucking say so! Go live in your little fantasy world!

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

You can be a dope fiend all you want Kenn Kanniff, I don't really care. Go live your life intoxicated instead of facing reality! I'm only speaking for myself!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If this judge was a politician I'd consider voting for him.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

So what will Bill Montgomery and the prison/war profiteers do now that anouther catagory of victums/profits, in his/their war on freedom, has been taken out of his/their reach?

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Today's vets have to deal with forced drug testing. Back in the 70s there were no quick and inexpensive ways to detect pot smoking after the fact.

IceSperg
IceSperg

Kinda hard to get PTSD in the military when you dont see any combat there Jr. Stooges like you stayed behind working on vehicles and building huts while real soldiers went out on patrols and sacrificed their lives in combat. The only gunplay you saw was at the firing range.

IceSperg
IceSperg

I mean, Im not against gays at all. Its just that you want to berate someone for putting doobies in their mouth, and you put dicks and hairy balls in yours. I like the taste of Marijuana, and you seem to prefer semen. To each their own right?

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