What’s Debilitating?

April 20th, 2012 by Will Humble Leave a reply »

The voter approved language in the AZ Medical Marijuana Act directs us to periodically accept and evaluate petitions to add new debilitating medical conditions.  We’ve made it through the first phase of considering whether to add 4 new debilitating conditions… 1) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; 2) Generalized Anxiety Disorder; 3) Migraines; and 4) Depression.  You’ll be able to give us your thoughts about these four conditions at a public hearing next month (May 25th from 1 – 4 p.m. at our State Lab).  You can read the information we already have about these four starting next week.

If we decide to add PTSD or any other debilitating conditions, we want to make sure we’re on solid medical ground.  I’m heading down to a conference in Tucson next weekend where physicians can get Continuing Medical Education credits for learning about medical cannabis.



  1. Farrok says:

    Please review these disease carefuly as they need to be included in the qualified medical conditions.

  2. LT. Maggy says:

    I am a 100% disabled vet diagnosed with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and Panic. I can not stress enough the efficacy of Cannabis when compared to SSRIs, Benzos, TCAs and SNRIs. I highly encourage the State of Arizona to integrate these new psychiatric disorders to the current list of medical conditions.

  3. john says:

    It was said that there was going to be an online survey to suggest additional ailments that Marijuana might also be a suitable medicine for, does such a survey exist?

    • Will Humble says:

      Please visit our website at

    • Keith says:

      The time to petition for additional debilitating conditions was from January 23rd till the 27th, 2012.

      I did not learn about this either until after the 5 day time period, or I would have petitioned for Insomnia.

  4. Marc says:

    I cannot stress how important it is to place PTSD as a qualifying debilitating medical condition. This horrible disease is truly life altering and not only deeply affects the individual, but also everyone around them. Please, objectivley review the scientific evidence that shows inconclusively the positive effects of cannabis. Current anti-psychotics have been empirically shown to be directly associated with increased incidence of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, along with early death. The real question isn’t if you should approve the use of cannabis for PTSD or not, but why would you deprive someone of a scientifically validated medication that actually helps? Thank you for your time and understanding.

  5. Sunshine says:

    Can someone tell me if Tourettes Syndrome is on the existing list ?
    I have a loved on who would be GREATLY helped if it is.
    This person will not smoke but can intake edibles.

    Thank You So Much

  6. Cathy says:

    Refusing to accept the medical uses of cannabis is causing a great deal of pain, suffering, division and death.

    Delay is the most devious form of denial.

  7. Alexia Maynez says:

    I completely agree with cathy opinion, why should they avoid using a certain drugs that could cure a certain disease and the delay too is also poses a main problem.

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