Following approval from the Rhode Island House and Senate, a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana is headed to Governor Gina Raimondo, who is expected to sign the legislation into law.
This is a huge victory for patients! Veterans and others who suffer from psychological trauma have fought for years to add PTSD to the list of state-approved criteria for medical marijuana. Once this bill becomes law, these patients will no longer be forced into an illegal market to access the medicine that relieves their symptoms.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously in May. The legislation was approved 67 to 1 by the House in a vote yesterday.
It is encouraging to see Rhode Island’s legislature continuing to move in a positive direction by expanding the medical marijuana program. Please forward this message to others and let them know our movement for sensible marijuana policy is making progress.
Rhode Island Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Source: The Weed Blog