Medical Cannabis for PTSD Bill Passed by New York Assembly

Legislation to expand New York’s medical cannabis program has been given approval by New York’s Assembly.

Assembly Bill 7006, sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 36 Assemblymembers (30 Democrats and 6 Republicans), has received approval from the full Assembly. It will now be sent to the Senate, where passage would send it to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration.

The proposed law would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to New York’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions. This would allow those with the condition to legally purchase, possess and use cannabis and cannabis products, given they receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state.

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New York Committee Votes Unanimously to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

A key legislative committee in New York has voted to add post traumatic stress disorder to the state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions.

Assembly Bill 7006 was passed yesterday by the Assembly Health Committee with a unanimous 26 to 0 vote. The proposal is sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 36 Assemblymembers (30 Democrats and 6 Republicans). The measure must now be passed by a second committee before it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Assembly.

Both Assembly Bill 7006 and its companion legislation Senate Bill 5629 would allow those with PTSD to legally purchase, possess and use cannabis and cannabis medicines if they receive a recommendation from a physician and become registered with the state as a medical cannabis patient.

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Colorado Senate Votes 34 to 1 to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder

Colorado’s full Senate has voted to allow those with post traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder to legally use medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 17-017 passed the Senate with a 34 to 1 vote.¬†Senator Kent Lambert (R) cast the sole “No” vote. The measure has been sent to the House of Representatives, and assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. Passage through the House will send it to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration.

According to its legislative summary; “The bill creates a statutory right to use medical marijuana for a patient with acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. The bill creates the same rights, limitations, and criminal defenses and exceptions as the constitutional right to use medical marijuana.”

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New Hampshire Committee Votes to Allow Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain and PTSD

A legislative committee in New Hampshire has given approval to two bills that would expand the state’s medical marijuana law.

The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee voted 12 to 6 to add chronic pain as a condition that qualifies someone to legally use marijuana for medical purposes. The committee also voted to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition, though the vote was considerably closer; 9 to 8.

The current list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions in New Hampshire includes:

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Colorado Senate Committee Votes to Allow those with PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder to Use Medical Cannabis

A Colorado Senate committee has given unanimous approval to legislation that would add two ailments to the list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions.

acute stress disorderSenate Bill 17, which passed the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee with a 5 to 0 vote, now heads towards a vote by the full Senate. It would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder as conditions that qualify an individual to possess, use and purchase medical cannabis; they of course would first need to receive a recommendation from a physician.

Acute stress disorder, which is much less talked about than PTSD, is “characterized by the development of severe anxiety, dissociative, and other symptoms that occurs within one month after exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor (e.g., witnessing a death or serious accident)“, according to PsychCentral.com. “As a response to the traumatic event, the individual develops dissociative symptoms.”

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Minnesota Adding PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

Minnesota’s Health Department has announced that they plan to allow those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to use medical cannabis.

minnesotaThe move comes just a few months after the department changed the rules to allow those with chronic pain to become medical cannabis patients.

Minnesota’s medical cannabis program was established in 2014; it allows those with a physician recommendation to possess and use cannabis products such as tinctures and oils, but prohibits the smoking or possession of whole plant cannabis. The program is limited to certain debilitating conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. The addition of chronic pain greatly expanded the number of people who qualify for the program, and adding PTSD will expand this even further.

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F.D.A. Approves New Phase 3 Studies for Ecstasy as PTSD Treatment

EcstasyThe Food and Drug Administration has given approval to Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA (ecstasy) for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is the final step before the potential approval of ecstasy as a prescription drug.

The move comes after several successful Phase 2 studies of ecstasy, which included 130 PTSD patients. These were conducted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The new research will include at least 230 participants and will also be conducted by MAPS.

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New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Adding PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

ptsdNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law Assembly Bill 457 to allow those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to use medical cannabis. The signing comes roughly a month and a half after the measure was given approval by the state’s legislature with a combined 85 to 22 vote.

Under the new law – which took effect immediately after Christie’s signature – those with PTSD are allowed to legally purchase, possess and use cannabis for medical purposes, given they receive a recommendation from a physician and become registered with the state.

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Study: Cannabinoids Offer Therapeutic Benefits for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress DisorderYet another study has found that cannabinoids may treat or at least greatly benefit those with post traumatic stress disorder (and may prevent it if administered shortly after a traumatic event). The new study was published in the journal Behavioural Pharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health.

“There is substantial evidence from studies in humans and animal models for a role of the endocannabinoid system in the control of emotional states”, says the study’s abstract. It states that preliminary studies in humans “suggest that treatment with cannabinoids may decrease PTSD symptoms including sleep quality, frequency of nightmares, and hyperarousal.”

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Petition Calling on New Jersey Governor to Sign Medical Cannabis PTSD Bill Gets 11,000 Signatures in 5 Days

ptsdA petition calling on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign Assembly Bill 457 into law has received over 11,000 signatures in just five days. Assembly Bill 457 would allow those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to legally purchase, possess and use cannabis to help treat their ailment.

The proposal was given approval by the state’s legislature on August 1st, with a 29 to 9 in the Senate and a 56 to 13 vote in the Assembly. The measure now sits on the desk of Governor Chris Christie, who has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it.

“We are calling¬†Governor Christie to quickly sign it into law, allowing those suffering from the ailment to use a medicine that research has continually shown is beneficial”, the petition states.

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