Last December I denied a petition to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify people for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Registration Card. I denied the petition because there was a lack of scientific evidence to document whether Cannabis is helpful or not to treat or provide palliative care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Here’s the report conducted by the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health that summarizes the available scientific evidence.
Earlier this year a group of folks appealed my decision to the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings. A hearing was held a few weeks ago. This week an Administrative Law Judge ruled that: “… the Appellant’s appeal is granted and that PTSD is added to the list of debilitating conditions for which marijuana may be dispensed”.
According to the Office of Administrative Hearings, I have until July 9 to either accept, reject or modify the recommended decision. I’ll be studying the report and will make a decision after analyzing the Decision and Order.