An Arizona court has reversed a decision by State Health Director Will Humble, saying he didn’t follow the law when he banned the use of medical marijuana by patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, most of them former soldiers.
Administrative law judge Thomas Shedden, on issuing his ruling, said Humble arrived at his decision solely on the fact that there were no scientific and peer-reviewed journals showing whether medical marijuana can be useful to PTSD sufferers. However, Shedden said Humble should have taken into consideration the opinion of nurses and doctors who insisted the drug was very beneficial to their patients, reported Arizona Daily Sun.
Nonetheless, Arizona state law classifies the court ruling as a mere recommendation, and Humble, who said on Friday that he is studying the ruling, has up to July 9 to make up his mind on whether to disregard it. A representative of the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association Attorney Kenneth Sobel said he will petition a superior judge to intervene and rule against the Health Chief.
“Veterans desperately need this medicine,” he said, alluding to the statistics that show that 22 ex-soldiers commit suicide daily, with most of them battling PTSD.
Arizona voters approved the Medical Marijuana Act in 2010 which permits patients with disorders ranging from AIDS, chronic pain to glaucoma to access the drug. This has made it possible for nearly 50,000 people with the permitted medical conditions to buy a maximum of 2 ½ ounces of marijuana once in a fortnight.
Still, the law authorizes Humble to review applications for incorporation newer medical conditions for which patients can be prescribed medical marijuana. PTSD activists have repeatedly tried to have the condition included in the list in 2012 and again in 2013. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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