By Steve Elliott
In a shameful disservice to patients -- including military battle veterans -- Colorado health officials on Wednesday voted against adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.
The 6-2 vote came despite a recommendation from the Colorado Chief Medical Officer and a panel of physicians to make PTSD the first condition added to Colorado's medical marijuana eligibility list in 15 years, reports The Associated Press.
Colorado Board of Health members said they weren't swayed by the recommendations, claiming studies on using cannabis for PTSD are lacking.
"We can't have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don't have data to show it's correct," claimed Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted against allowing marijuana for PTSD.
The vote was the third time the Board of Health has rejected petitions to add PTSD to the list. About 60 PTSD patients attended the hearing, some loudly jeering the decision. Ironically, a few were asked to leave the meeting -- board members apparently didn't want to be bothered with the opinions of actual PTSD patients.
"They just told every patient here, 'We don't care about you,'" patient advocate Teri Robnett said after the vote.