PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Health Services is considering making medical marijuana available to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients.
The decision comes after the ADHS accepted a petition to list PTSD as a debilitating condition under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act on Oct. 6, according to a report from the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association (AZCNA).
During a public hearing Tuesday at the ADHS, the majority in attendance were in favor of the petition's goal including Vietnam veteran Gerold Deyoung who uses medical marijuana for other conditions but feels in the process, it has helped take away the pain of his PTSD.
However, one speaker, Dr. Leland Fairbanks, did not think it would cure veterans of PTSD completely and suggested that "they should join their veteran support groups" or "go to their veterans' hospital" instead.
According to the 2012 Department of Veterans Affair Report, 239,174 veterans were reported to have PTSD on Veterans Health Administration rosters.
ADHS provides an informational page about the decision process on their website for the public to learn more.
A decision will be finalized in January 2014.
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