Veterans Sue Colorado Over PTSD Exclusion

By Joan Eberhardt

Via Flickr user DVIDSHUB. A Marine and his PTSD dog.
Via Flickr user
DVIDSHUB. A Marine and his PTSD dog.

    After the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, and the Colorado Board of Health voted against allowing cannabis to be used to treat PTSD, four veterans and one sexual abuse survivor have filed a lawsuit.

The plaintiffs say they should not have to lie and say they suffer from pain, or legally use opiates to treat their PTSD.

The board voted 6-2 last month against allowing cannabis to be used as a treatment for the disorder. Dr. Christopher Stanley, one of the doctors who voted against it, said there is not enough science to show that cannabis can be effectively used to treat PTSD.

Attorneys for the defendants say that veterans are given opiates or other pharmaceuticals, medications that come with a suicide warning, but are denied use of cannabis to treat those same symptoms.

“We’re saying, OK, if we can lower the amount of veterans that are taking those drugs and get a better outcome by using cannabis together, that alone should have an impact on lowering suicide rates,” said Michael Krawitz, director of Veterans for Medical Marijuana.

Cannabis use associated with lower BMI, Diabetes Risk

It might not exactly be a great weight loss drug, but a study recently printed in the journal Obesity presented evidence that cannabis users have smaller waistlines and a lower risk for diabetes.

The study was conducted by researchers in Quebec. Researchers gathered data from 786 Inuits between 18 and 74 years old, of whom 57 percent reported using cannabis in the last year.

Their findings showed a significantly lower Body Mass Index and lowered resting insulin levels, in those who had imbibed. Lower BMIs and smaller waistlines are associated with many positive health outcomes, and a lower resting insulin level is associated with a lower overall change of developing diabetes.

   

The conflicting items on Ohio’s ballot

Voters in Ohio will have the opportunity to vote on a ballot measure that would create a legal, recreational cannabis market, and on another measure to block that same one.
ResponsibleOhio secured enough signatures to get their proposed amendment put on the November ballot. That organization has been criticized for what opponents say would install a legal cartel in the state’s constitution. ResponsibleOhio’s proposal would allow for 10 legal growing operations across the state, all operated and funded by ResponsibleOhio’s backers.

On that same ballot voters will be able to vote on an anti-monopoly amendment.

High Times took a look at what happens if both measures pass.

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