House lawmakers OK medical marijuana for PTSD patients


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives will soon take up a bill that would allow post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients to be treated with medical marijuana.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the legislation, which would amend the state’s medical marijuana law by adding PTSD as a debilitating medical condition.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Scott Slater, D-Providence, also speeds up approval for medical marijuana applications for hospice care patients. It now moves to the House floor for a vote.

The Senate version of the bill passed unanimously last week.

At the federal level, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has not cleared doctors to prescribe marijuana for PTSD, saying there hasn’t been enough research on whether or not it’s effective.

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