Bill would allow medical marijuana for PTSD

By By JONATHAN J. COOPER

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill in the Oregon Legislature would allow people with post-traumatic stress disorder to get medical marijuana cards.

A state Senate committee is scheduled to hear public testimony on the idea when the Legislature convenes next week.

Oregon law allows people with specific medical conditions to apply for a medical marijuana card. The bill would add PTSD to the list of conditions that qualify.

Proponents say the drug could help veterans with PTSD manage their symptoms. They say some people with PTSD already have medical marijuana cards due to other medical conditions.

State public health officials have twice denied requests to add PTSD. Critics of the medical marijuana program have long fought expansions of the eligible conditions.

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