Arizona judge rules pot can be used for PTSD

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top health official is considering a court ruling adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment.

State Department of Health Services Director Will Humble has until July 9 to accept, modify or reject an administrative law judge's ruling that PTSD sufferers are eligible for a medical marijuana registration card.

Humble said Friday that he would study the order before making a decision.

The Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association appealed Humble's denial last December to classify PTSD as an ailment that could be treated with pot.

Humble says he denied the group's petition, citing a lack of scientific evidence showing marijuana helps patients with the disorder.

If Humble rejects the judge's ruling, the group can appeal to the Maricopa County Superior Court.

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