Friday afternoon we’re holding a public comment session about whether or not to add four new debilitating conditions to the medical marijuana program. The comments should center on scientific studies done on how marijuana affects Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Migraines, Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. We’re looking for peer-reviewed, published studies that show the benefit or the danger of marijuana specific to these four conditions.
For almost a month, folks have been commenting on line about the petitions to add conditions. More than 80 people have provided input so far. At the hearing on Friday, speakers will have two minutes to address one of the conditions. (The hearing will be broken into two segments – the first is to hear about the PTSD studies and runs from 1 until 2:30. The second half from 2:30 until 4 is for the other three.) We’ll open the doors at 12:55.
We’re also streaming the audio from the session on our website for people that can’t make it to Health Services (we’re having technical difficulties with the video- but that might work too by then). Anybody can use the online comment tool to provide input to the final decision. There’ll be a room at ADHS to listen to the live stream of comments in our 1740 W. Adams, Phoenix, AZ 85007 building in case the meeting room is over capacity. The time will be the same as the public comment session – 12:55 – 4 p.m.
Changing anything the voters have created comes with a heavy responsibility – one we take seriously. We’ll listen to the folks who come to ADHS and read the written comments before we make any decisions about adding new conditions. The decisions will likely come in July.
I suffer from anxiety,it makes me wake up 30 times a night,I spend hours just getting to sleep,I tried sleep pills but make me groggy all next day.In Portland I smoked Marijuana and slept all night long,never knew I had a sleep problem nor anxiety was ever not controlled,had a productive day there.Here in AZ,law is so scary,I am afraid to even look for it,so for 7 years here I have had anxiety and major sleeping problems daily,feel in a fog all day,which effects my work greatly.I cannot afford to live in California just to have medicine,not to mention abandon my family that lives here.I have no arrests,I’m a good citizen.
Please give Doctors the option so they can prescribe this for people it has been proven to help. I have a 2 cm temporal cyst involving the amygdala, I have been diagnosed bipolar and I have bad anxiety attacks(before I ever did any kind of drug), my neurologists and the research I have done on my own suggest they are related yet I have spent the past 9 years of my life trying to find a legal medication to this solution. I have been on every SSRI’s and Bipolar medication and have now moved to anti-psychotics. I also take 2mg of Klonopin everyday to just feel remotely normal. I have rampant bouts of depression and the only thing that has helped in the past is marijuana. My PCP told me that they would prescribe it for me if they were allowed to because they believed I benefited from it. It has been 6 months since I have smoked marijuana and I have been miserable going through rounds of different medications, and behavior therapies. I am a good person and I don’t want to break the law to be treated . I have been taking a C-IV Narcotic (Klonopin) for 9 years and have never abused it. For some people marijuana is the only drug that gives them better quality of life. I have never been a chronic user and smoked a few times a week. I have actually gained 30 pounds since I completely stopped, the medications I take often just make me sleepy and lethargic and often the long term effects of these medications are not understood. I really struggle to get through day to day. Please consider people like me. I trust our Arizona Doctors to make the decisions that is best for their patients and giving them options.
Please visit our website to request to add a debilitating condition, we accept them via U.S. mail only.