PTSD Sufferers Can Obtain Medical Marijuana Under Arizona Law Starting in January

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Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder can begin obtaining medical marijuana legally under Arizona law as soon as January.

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, announced the decision today in his blog. PTSD patients and medical-cannabis advocates have been expecting a decision since last month, when state Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden ruled that PTSD should be deemed a qualifying ailment.

See also:
-UA Study on Pot and PTSD Could Impact Arizona's Medical Marijuana Program
-PTSD Sufferers Should Be Able to Use Medical Marijuana in Arizona, Says Judge

Humble denied a petition last December to add PTSD to the list of qualifying medical conditions for legal pot, based on his opinion that evidence of marijuana's effectiveness in treating PTSD was lacking. The decision was appealed, resulting in Shedden's June ruling.

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Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services
Now, Humble says he agrees enough evidence has surfaced to validate the palliative care of PTSD with marijuana, as opposed to trying to treat the condition with marijuana. The difference is that in palliative care, the goal is to relieve the symptoms of a condition.

Today, Humble issued a "director's decision" to authorize the use of marijuana under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which was approved by state voters in 2010.

PTSD sufferers must document that they've been undergoing "conventional treatment" for the condition, then obtain the attestation of a certified physician and state certification before going shopping in the state's 80-plus legal dispensaries.

Patients may begin going through that process starting on January 1, 2015.

"This allows a few months for certifying physicians, dispensary medical directors, and dispensary agents to develop policies and procedures and educational materials required by our rules," Humble writes.

Click here to read the DHS director's blog.

Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, the group that brought the marijuana law before Arizona voters in 2010, had this to say about the decision: "This decision will alleviate the suffering of thousands of Arizonans suffering from this debilitating condition. If marijuana can improve the quality of life for veterans and others who have experienced traumatic events, we should allow them to access it. Those who suffer from PTSD deserve compassion and support, and it's great to see state officials have chosen that path."

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dkessler4
dkessler4

The petition on change.org to reinstate Dr Sisley and to perform the study now has 105,000 signatures.  Still Arizona's republicans like Yee, Kavanaugh, and Biggs are hiding behind the scenes to make sure that this important study is not done.  These individuals would rather continue to make decisions by listening to the voices in their heads than by examining the evidence.  These morons do not care about the people of Arizona and now spend more money to incarcerate us than to educate us. These are evil and disingeneous people who are determined to make money from private prisons even if it means locking up the rest of us.  Support our veterans and make sure that this research is completed.


Dump Kavanaugh, Yee, and Biggs when you get a chance to vote!

AkaTed
AkaTed

Another Vet lost there life by a police officer who had a wife and 3 children..Vets and civilians do not have 6 months to wait.While we find another reason not to implement the law. Vets and civilians can find can immediate relief to there symptoms.Vets and civilians are contemplating getting help but the stigma attached to therapy makes you look very weak.Please implement the law now Mr. Humble.


Arizona had a chance to pioneer research but do to political reason's we put that over research which could save many people's life that have treatment resistant PTSD also called acute stress disorder or complex PSTD.


Dr Sue Sissley is a great Dr that Arizona lost she cares which is hard to find in Dr's.


I guess Vet's and Civilians can go back to these type of doctor's link below



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sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

Senator Kimberly Yee runs Arizona and marijuana is her #1 target.....Arizona has prison contracts that require them to be 95% filled or they pay huge fines, disgusting...

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

 the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13


ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights...you don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL...

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD=Can't Be Done), sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

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AkaTed
AkaTed

Thank you Heather,Ken,Lezli,Brad and Ricardo and special thanks to the Dr's who put Science before Politics..Thank you Ray Stern and Phoenix New Times 

Beth Lance
Beth Lance

Mike Schulik And words can really hurt!

Marge Balogh Jr.
Marge Balogh Jr.

about time and big of them.....idjuts....legalize it man

Andrea Lauderback-Cox
Andrea Lauderback-Cox

Are you as cute as the little lizard selling that insurance or just that "little"? .?.?

Mike Schulik
Mike Schulik

We knew that. Did you know you could save 15 % on car insurance.....

Andrea Lauderback-Cox
Andrea Lauderback-Cox

What most people don't know..... The state can legalize this, put up shops, micro manage it..... But regardless its still not federally legal an they shut down these shops within a few years.... And you can be prosecuted by. The federal court even with a "medical marijuana" card.... And good luck getting a doctor to get it for you... The pharmacy pays the doctors more than the any marijuana clinic could...

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Might have been the recent research that gave him the cover needed to rule this way.

dtmac
dtmac

And it only took an Administrative Law Judge ruling against his agency to get Mr. Humble to change his mind. Better late than never.

james8394
james8394

Best bumper sticker ever: "Tailgaters, passenger is PTSD combat vet with both hands free." Seen at North rim village last September. 

Kevin Moyers
Kevin Moyers

They need to get on board with anxiety and depression.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

In the U$A, everyone suffers from PTSD after the pain and destruction done by the Criminal Bu$h Junta from 2000 - 2008 and the ongoing disaster it caused.

AkaTed
AkaTed

@Scottpaul You got to love it when the DEA spams Ad's where's my add block ?

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

The feds will fold, too. Watch more states go flat out legal in the next couple of years. If you make your living from prohibition, it would be time to update your resume'.

AkaTed
AkaTed

Check your fact to recent changes regarding state MMJ law's ignorance is bliss

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


But donkey, you're a communist.  Why do you think anyone would be interested in your political opinion?

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