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Colorado House rejects effort to ban cannabis use in churches; approves PTSD

As marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Denver’s Civic Center on Thursday, praying for rain to hold during 420 festivities, lawmakers across the park rejected an effort to ban cannabis use in churches. The legislature on Thursday also approved adding post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, pushed a last-minute […]

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Colorado Senate OKs legislation expanding workers comp to cover PTSD

Democrats cheered the Senate’s passage Tuesday of a bipartisan plan to extend workers-compensation coverage to on-the-job victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. House Bill 1229 theoretically could apply to any line of work but is especially aimed at cops, firefighters, paramedics and other first-responders whose duties routinely expose them to high levels of stress, danger, violence, and even […]

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Bill to allow medical marijuana to treat PTSD gains broad, bipartisan support

Vials filled with samples of marijuana are pictured Friday March 24, 2017 at the Blum medical marijuana dispensary, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

A bill that enables doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to PTSD patients has gained momentum in the Legislature this year, passing the Senate with broad support on a 34-1 vote and now pressing forward with similar agreement in the House. Sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Boulder, SB 17 […]

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YESTERYEAR: General Assembly toys with corporate, military law

…Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … The Colorado General Assembly seemed to have lawmakers’ heads stuck in the corporate law section of the Colorado Revised Statutes. At the start of the 1997 legislative session, the Colorado Bar Association pushed two measures in the Legislature that would have far reaching impact in […]

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Colorado bill adding PTSD as qualifier for marijuana crosses important first hurdle

State lawmakers on Monday offered hope to throngs of veterans who have for years been asking the state to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee unanimously backed the legislative proposal, offering a symbolic endorsement of the normalization of medical marijuana. The bill […]

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Colorado lawmakers could allow marijuana for PTSD; a hurdle remains

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that the hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday on the PTSD medical marijuana bill has been postponed. Post-traumatic stress disorder would be eligible for medical marijuana treatment in Colorado under a proposal in the legislature. Advocates believe this is the year to finally add PTSD as a qualifier for […]

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Gundersen: More research needed before approving marijuana for PTSD

Doris C Gundersen MD
The Colorado Psychiatric Society’s mission is to promote excellence in psychiatric care. Quality medical care is based on evidence derived from well-designed clinical trials. We are concerned about the draft bill that would add Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) to the list of debilitating conditions that are authorized to be treated […]

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Long: CDPHE has become the Colorado Department of Public Harassment and Exceeding the law

Pam Long
For seven years, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) has abused power and it is overdue for a Senate Oversight Committee to put it in check and balance. Recently, I was talking to a Colorado lawmaker about my concerns with CDPHE’s unresolved 2016 state audit which found serious conflicts of interests within CDPHE […]

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