A bill that would allow those suffering from PTSD to qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation is moving forward in Oregon. It received mixed reviews from lawmakers on Thursday, but still moved forward.
The bill, SB 281, was passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on a 4-1 vote. It has been referred to the Senate President’s desk, where it will be referred to another committee. It is expected that it will be given to the Senate Judiciary Committee next.
Some lawmakers have said that they are convinced that PTSD sufferers could benefit from the use of medical marijuana. A number of individuals with PTSD spoke to lawmakers, telling them that marijuana could help them with their nightmares and flashbacks.
Senator Jeff Kruse was the one vote against the bill. He did not seem to be so opposed to the idea of PTSD being treated by marijuana, but to the entire marijuana program as a whole. He explained, “If we are going to treat marijuana as a medicine it should be treated as any other prescription.” He also followed up with the fact that he thinks therapy is a more effective way to handle PTSD than prescribing a drug.