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Arizona Nurses File Lawsuit Over PTSD Ruling

The shape of a brain is filled with words that are symptoms of the central problem, PTSD, which is on the list of ailments that can have mmj prescribed in Arizona.


Arizona Nurses File Lawsuit Over PTSD Ruling

The Arizona Department of Health Services recently added another medical condition to their list of qualifiers, but has plans to enforce such rigid regulations that the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association has decided to file a lawsuit.

Medical marijuana is currently legal in Arizona, but there are still a host of conditions that make potential patients ineligible for cannabis treatment. Over the summer, Will Humble, the Director of Arizona Department of Health Services, issued a decision that will allow sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder to have legal access to medical cannabis to treat their illness beginning in January of 2015.

Although the ruling seems benevolent, there are a few specifics in the upcoming amendment to the law that has sparked frustration among Arizona’s nurses. Similar to other medical marijuana programs in other states, Arizona patients are required to receive a doctor’s recommendation before they’re able to purchase cannabis from a dispensary. Right now, new PTSD patients can get a recommendation but they must also prove that they have exhausted all other conventional treatment options and then wait until January before they’re given access to cannabis for their treatment. These stipulations are what prompted Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association (AZCNA) to seek legal action against the state by filing an appeal at the Maricopa County Superior Court.

“There’s a crisis going on right now,” said Kenny Sobel, an attorney representing the group’s legal case. “Veterans are committing suicide at an alarming rate and those, particularly using the Phoenix VA, aren’t able to get the care they need.”

Legislation surrounding medical cannabis has been a hot topic this year, especially with so many states joining the ever-growing list of places where residents with qualifying illnesses are given access to cannabis for medical reasons. Although there have been many relieved and excited patients around the country, there are still many who have found many of the regulations for various medical marijuana programs to be particularly stringent and unnecessarily inflexible. Officials have gone to great lengths to make sure that cannabis doesn’t land in the wrong hands like establishing caps on the amount of cannabis each patient can procure each month to severely limiting the list of illnesses or medical conditions that qualify a person to become a patient.

According to AZCNA’s lawsuit, the Director doesn’t have the authority to treat newly-added medical conditions any different from the debilitating conditions listed in the original Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Humble is being prompted to change the language that limits PTSD sufferers from having immediate access to cannabis similar to patients that experience other medical conditions like cancer or Crohn’s disease.

What do you think about the director’s decision to make patients wait until next year to access their medicine? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.



  1. Dawn

    September 16, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I have been using this herb to treat my Multiple sclerosis,anxiety and depression for 6 years now with success. I don’t feel that Cannabis is a drug. Because drugs kill people.

  2. joshua herzik

    September 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    My name is Joshua an I live in Evansville IN. I have PTSD but I was not in the military. I was just serverly abuse as a child and have server depression growing up I was in special ed all the way to high shcool and it has just gotten worst over the years I have a anixity disorder my doctor till me that smoking weed stop my meds from working like they should. But when I get high it really help to put my mine at ease

    • Keith

      September 12, 2014 at 4:01 am

      I would rather ask forgiveness than permission.

      I would rather be Illegally alive than legally dead

  3. Brenda Wilson

    September 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I have PTSD and I’m a veteran. This past year was really bad. I dropped 45 lbs and had many days that I couldn’t function without using some marijuana. I also have a chronically painful and debilitating bladder disease and marijuana helps the pain and reduces my anxiety because of the disease. It helps me eat too which is something I can’t do during flare ups and extreme depression and anxiety. I’m in Missouri and have no clue as to whether or not I could be treated with medical marijuana. I want to use it Legally. And No One should have to wait and have tried all other “treatments” already. Most of us with PTSD and chronic illnesses have suffered long enough!

    • Marissa

      September 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. PTSD can be debilitating, and sometimes unbearable. Marijuana (particularly CBD strains) have effectively decreased the intensity of panic attacks, flash backs, & helps to stimulate my appetite on days that I’m too distressed to eat and take proper care of myself. Trauma and mental illness is very real to all who suffer from it. Although you may not be able to physically see our wounds does not mean that our pain isn’t real. I feel PTSD should be handled with the same awareness, respect, & treatment options as any other chronic illness.

  4. Linda Shaw

    September 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Legalize it.. It’s is so beneficial for so many conditions.. Pharmaceuticals only introduce chemicals into the body… Unnatural at best… Cannabis can regulate naturally.. It’s use as an anti anxiety, anti depressive, marital aid, etc. Have been proven over and over. Of course it’s not for everyon but neither are most phapharmaceuticals…
    Come out of the 20’s….get it legalized and regulated…

  5. Chelsea Mieth

    September 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I smoke weed to help me with my ptsd nd bipolar it helps alot I’m not sure where I would be without it

  6. Sonny Cooley

    September 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I think this lawsuit should be thrown out PTSD is a debilitating disease that these Dr and nurses would know anything about cause they didn’t fight for this country,they weren’t thrown into a kill or be killed situation. I personally know a couple ppl with PTSD onwe is dead and the other is in a mental hospital. Pardon my French but if the medical society would get their heads out of their asses they would see what I and numberous other ppl have been saying all along. All u guys know is what the text books teachs u about PTSD, and u won’t know until u yorselfs r put in that situation. Basically what I’m saying is stop pushing the pills. Cause even u guys know that these pills do more damage than they help. The only reason y marijuana is illegal on both sides is because the medical society doesn’t want to lose money cause they know that marijuana has so many upsides then down and u know it to be true. Thank u for listening

  7. Carol

    September 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

    There is no “fix” to PTSD. I’ve tried all different mixes of prescribed meds. If you talk to a PTSD Specialist you’ll find that there is no combination of prescribed meds that will “cure” PTSD. It’s just management of symptoms. Marijuana is the best I’ve found. Of course different strains work differently for each person and you can’t use it as an escape. You have to use it in combination with Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior Therapies. But for those who have gone through these already. It should be legal.

  8. Tim Leach

    September 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I am 100% T & P disable veteran and I’ve used medical maryjuana here in Arizona for cronic pain all last year. It did help tremendously my symtems of cronic and sever PTSD also but, at the time that wasn’t a symtem that qualified me for medical weed. I decided to take myself off it last month because my card was due to expire in August and it costs over $300.00 @ year to renew it. This is what you should be filing a law suit against. Not many Veterans like myself can afford to spend money that is needed elsewhere on a F***ING card just so we can get our medication.

  9. Lynda Newman

    September 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Iv got ptsd i smoke weed and it realy helps me i used2 be angry panic attacks etc. But now they arnt so bad iv also got osteoartherist and fibo weed helps with that make it legal

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