SPRINGFIELD, IL. 30 May, 2015 – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be added to the list of illnesses that qualify for medical marijuana under legislation now headed to Illinois governor Bruce Rauner for final approval.
The Illinois House approved Senate Bill 33, introduced by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), on Saturday by a vote of 68-36. The bill was approved by the Senate on May 21.
To date, no FDA approved pharmaceutical treatments are available that specifically target PTSD symptoms. Studies indicate that medical marijuana can help alleviate PTSD symptoms and an Illinois advisory board recommended that PTSD be included in the medical marijuana pilot program earlier this month.
At the federal level, sweeping bipartisan medical marijuana legislation is presently on the table in the form of the CARERS Act, which would legalize medical marijuana use nationally. The bill, introduced in March by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Proponents say it is time for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the full bill, however chairman Chuck Grassley has not yet scheduled a hearing, despite significant interest from his colleagues.
· Almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans
· As many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans
· 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan
· 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans