Marijuana

Top Five Reasons Why PTSD Should be a Qualifying Ailment in Arizona for Medical Marijuana

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Last week, the state Department of Health Services rejected the chance to add PTSD to the list of qualifying ailments under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

The decision by DHS director Will Humble to prevent people with PTSD from using marijuana legally follows numerous petitions by the public and testimony during a hearing. Humble also rejected petitions to have anxiety, migraine headaches and depression added as qualifying ailments.

But it's PTSD that has received the most attention -- possibly because many war veterans who came home with the disorder think they deserve not to be jailed for smoking a doob that might help quell their nightmares.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.