Senate Bill 5379 was filed by Senator Steve Hobbs, an active member of the Army National Guard, and has been sent to the state’s House of Representatives. Its passage in the House will send it to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration. Nine other states – Michigan, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon – allow those with PTSD to use cannabis for medical purposes.
The Washington State Senate Health Care Committee has unanimously passed a measure that would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for those wanting to become medical cannabis patients.
Senate Bill 5379, which was filed by Senator Steve Hobbs who’s an active member of the Army National Guard, has been sent to the Senate Rules Committee, where its passage will set it up for a full Senate vote.
The unanimous vote is in line with recent science, which shows cannabis to be beneficial for those suffering with PTSD.
The Washington State Senate Health Care Committee held a public hearing today on Senate Bill 5379, a measure to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for those wanting to become medical cannabis patients.
At the public hearing, only Seth Dawson of the Washington State Psychiatric Association and the Washington Association of Substance Abuse Prevention spoke in opposition, with 14 people speaking in favor.