Today, politicians in the State of Rhode Island will be deliberating some critical new legislation for those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
The proposed bill would allow PTSD as a qualifying condition for Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program and is scheduled to go before the Senate Health and Human Services first thing this morning.
Originally introduced by Sen. Stephen Archambault (D-RI), S 2115 would expand the current list of debilitating medical conditions to include PTSD for Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program.
According to Rhode Island’s ABC 6, the passage of this bill would ultimately “accelerate the issuance of an approved medical marijuana use application if the patient is eligible for hospice care.” Necessitating R.I. health officials to process those applications within 72 hours.
As it currently stands, those looking to qualify for Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program must be diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions; Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, MS, Crohn’s disease, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, wasting syndrome, severe nausea, or seizures.
Hoping to help America’s veterans as they return home, Sen. Archambault noted that PTSD is particularly rampant amongst vets and emphasized our national responsibility to provide our servicemen with any and all treatment options.
Read the full text of Rhode Island’s S 2115 here