Colorado lawmakers approve pot for PTSD, with new limits

Colorado lawmakers approve pot for PTSD, with new limits

Colorado lawmakers approve pot for PTSD, with new limits

According to HB 2107's text, it relates to "authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees".

The bill will allow medical marijuana patients under 21 who suffer from PTSD legal access to marijuana for the first time.

And while a few studies have tried to determine how these laws affect illegal marijuana use, this new study is the first to use data collected prior to any medical marijuana laws to track changes in illegal use rates.

In 1991, no Americans lived in states with medical marijuana, but by 2012, more than one-third lived in states that had accepted medical pot.

Study co-author Deborah Hasin, Ph.D., of the Mailman School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in NY, and colleagues say that their findings suggest that changing state marijuana laws may have serious consequences for public health. And veterans receiving federal benefits need a doctor's recommendation in order to use pot without risking some benefits. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc. With so many states invested in the marijuana industry, it's unclear whether or not these threats will amount to anything but the fact that marijuana is still technically illegal on a federal level, has made lawmakers uneasy about triggering a crackdown. In states that did pass medical marijuana laws, the rates of illegal use rose from 5.6 percent to 9.2 percent - an increase of 3.6 percentage points. The study included 15 states that enacted laws between then and 2012: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Oregon and Washington.

With this implicit message, more people feel free to use pot as they would alcohol, as a means to relax or to cope with problems like anxiety or depression, said Hasin, a professor of epidemiology.

"When you are evaluating the effects of a state law on a sample that is not state-representative, it can be misleading", Pacula said.

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During the time periods, the rates of illegal marijuana use increased in all 39 states.

Previous research that focused on adolescents' use of the drug in the wake of medical marijuana laws didn't find an increase in that age group, she said.

These trends could become even more pronounced in states that have fully legalized recreational marijuana, she added.

The pattern was similar for drug use disorder.

For example, the study shows a decrease in marijuana use in California between 1991 and 2002, she noted.

"In the meantime, it is clear that a robust system of education, prevention, and treatment is needed to minimize the negative consequences that might arise if cannabis use continues to increase", they write.

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