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Oregon Legislature Votes to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

People suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may soon get access to medical marijuana in Oregon. On Thursday the Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 in a vote of 36-21. The bill was previously approved by the Senate last month. It now goes to the governor for his signature.

If the bill is signed it would add PTSD to the list of eligible conditions for which someone could receive medical marijuana. A few other states, like New Mexico, have previously included PTSD in their medical marijuana programs.

There is significant anecdotal evidence and some scientific research that indicates cannabinoids could help with PTSD. Of course, it would be great if there were more research to not only prove if medical marijuana is useful for this condition but to also discover what treatment plans are most effective. Sadly, the Obama administration hass stopped this research from being performed.

The Mulitdisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies had been trying for years to run a study on marijuana and PTSD. Even though their study protocol was accepted by the FDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which controls the production of marijuana for federally approved research, refuses to let the research take place.

To add insult to injury, while one part of the Obama administration actively works to stop research which could show marijuana has therapeutic uses, another part of the administration then uses the lack of government approved research to justify keeping marijuana as a Schedule I drug.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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