Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD
NEW YORK — It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana.Against the backdrop of the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he’d sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it’s illegal under federal law and doesn’t boast extensive, conclusive medical research.Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled in the last two years, according to data compiled by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. A 29th state, Alaska, doesn’t incorporate PTSD in its medical marijuana program but allows everyone over 20 to buy pot legally.
A worker looks at a marijuana plant at the Desert Grown Farms cultivation facility in Las Vegas on June 28. Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia have enabled the use of marijuana to treat PTSD. (John Locher/Associated Press)