Colorado adds PTSD to medical cannabis program


Last update: June 6, 2017


Colorado became the 25th state to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in its list of qualifying medical conditions, after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB 17 into law.

While Colorado is often at the forefront of cannabis policy, it is one of only a handful of states that had not yet included access in recent years. Repeated efforts to include PTSD through requests to the Colorado Board of Health have not been successful, so a legislative fix is welcome relief. Access to the state medical program can mean essential protections for veterans getting treatment at the VA, along with access to a wider range of more medicinally-focused varieties of cannabis, including those with larger amounts of CBD.

Other bills that passed in the closing days of the 2017 legislative session still await the governor’s signature, including one that would limit the total number of plants that can be grown per household. Unfortunately, a bill that would have clearly allowed local governments to license on-site consumption clubs fell short.

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Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains


In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves “medical refugees,” and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.

If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.