Q: I have been diagnosed with PTSD and have heard that marijuana is a good treatment for the condition. Why doesn’t Prop 203 protect me? Is there anything I can do to get qualified to use medical marijuana for PTSD?
A: You are right, there is evidence that cannabis is effective for post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, PTSD is a qualifying condition for use of medical marijuana in New Mexico and California. But Arizona’s Prop 203 is explicit in the medical conditions that qualify for a patient to use medical marijuana. However, the law does allow for the Arizona Department of Health Services to add conditions as they see fit. In order to get PTSD added as a qualifying condition you will have to petition the ADHS, which may require the assistance of a legal professional.