Colorado health officials on Wednesday rejected a bid by medical marijuana advocates to put cannabis on a list of approved treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, an agency spokesman said.
While Colorado has allowed the use of medical marijuana to treat various ailments since 2001, the state’s health board has three times refused to put PTSD on its approved list. A similar proposal failed in the state legislature last year.
The spokesman, Mark Salley, said the Colorado Board of Health voted 6-2 to reject a petition for PTSD to be included as a “debilitating condition” that can be treated with medical pot.
“In my opinion, the board sent a message to patients that they just don’t matter,” said Teri Robnett, director of the Cannabis Patients Alliance and member of a board advisory panel that recommended the inclusion of PTSD.