PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top health official has accepted a judge's decision adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment.
State Department of Health Services Director Will Humble made the decision Wednesday. That was his deadline to accept, modify or reject an administrative law judge's decision saying PTSD sufferers should be eligible for a medical marijuana registration card.
Humble's decision will allow PTSD patients to get medical marijuana starting Jan. 1.
Humble denied adding PTSD to the list of ailments that qualified for a medical marijuana card last year. The Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association then appealed to the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Judge Thomas Shedden heard testimony earlier this year and decided there was substantial evidence that those with PTSD benefit from using marijuana.