Last week, the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee killed House Bill 14-1364, which would have allowed veterans and others suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder to get medical recommendations for marijuana without risking their VA benefits.
The vote was an uncharacteristic retreat from Colorado’s liberalization of marijuana laws. Art Way, Colorado policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance expressed disappointment, stating, “It’s insane that in a state with legal marijuana veterans don’t have the same right as anyone else over 21 – especially considering how many lives are at stake. No veteran should have to risk benefits or feel stigmatized when they use medical marijuana.”
At least one study in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, involving patients in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program, found a 75 percent reduction in the severity of symptoms reported by such patients after undergoing medical marijuana therapy.