As of July 13, 2016 Governor Gina Raimondo has signed a bill allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat symptoms of PTSD, post-traumatic-stress-disorder. The Senate had overwhelmingly approved the bill with great support coming from veterans groups. These veteran groups, along with other patient-advocacy groups lobbied diligently for the for the inclusion of this condition to be added to Rhode Island’s medical use of marijuana program. The program is approaching its 10th anniversary.
This legislation introduced by Rep. Scott Slater and Sen. Stephen R. Archambault will significantly help those dealing with severe anxiety from the PTSD condition. A large portion of those who have PTSD, are our military veterans who have served to protect our freedoms. In a recent study it was acknowledged that there was about a 75% reduction in PTSD symptoms by patients who utilized cannabis. Many veterans are eager to make the switch to cannabis.
In a recent interview, Archambault said: “Medical marijuana is already the law of Rhode Island. We’ve already established that it works in treating certain conditions…it is unconscionable that we would not add PTSD to the list of medical conditions that would benefit from it. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real psychological problem, particularly among our veteran community, and it’s our responsibility to provide them with treatment options that can alleviate their suffering.”
This bill also saw support from Sen. Jack Reed, a combat veteran, who supports any safe medical treatment for PTSD.”I think if it is suitably controlled by a prescription and supervised then the availability should be there,” said Reed. “It will help veterans. It will help everyone.”
If you are interested in more information or in receiving your Rhode Island Medical Marijuana card, call 11th State Consultations at 401-228-5184.