State board rejects medical marijuana as treatment for PTSD

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DENVER -- The Colorado Board of Health rejected a proposal Wednesday to allow medical marijuana to be used as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Colorado Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk called for a four-year trial and there was emotional testimony from a veteran who said marijuana has helped save his family from PTSD.

Seven people spoke in favor of the change, while two spoke out against it.

But several members of the Colorado Board of Health said there is not enough evidence to show marijuana will help veterans. Some said it will only increase the chances of mental illness.

In the end, only two board members voted yes to include PTSD as a medical marijuana condition, upsetting several people in the audience.

Marijuana has been legal in Colorado for 18 months, but doctors still won't be allowed to prescribe it to help veterans who suffer from PTSD. Nine other states allow for the treatment.

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