Colorado considers pot for post-traumatic stress

DENVER (AP) — A simmering Colorado debate over marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress is before the state Legislature, even though pot is now legal for all adults over 21.

A House committee started work Monday on a bill to make PTSD the ninth medical condition for which Coloradans can qualify for medical pot.

Sponsors of the bill say it's needed because PTSD sufferers are going to pot dispensaries and getting a so-called "budtender" to recommend pot, when they should be consulting doctors. Medical marijuana is also taxed at much lower rates that recreational pot.

Physician groups testified against the proposal. The state Health Department has twice rejected petitions to add PTSD to the list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions.



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