Rhode Island medical marijuana laws are good…but not quite good enough. But things are about to get a whole lot better.
Medical Marijuana Act (Section 21-28.6-3) states that medical marijuana is only for a “debilitating medical condition.” This includes conditions like: glaucoma, cancer, immunodeficiency virus, AIDS, and Hepatitis C. Although there are other qualifying conditions, one glaring exclusion has been PTSD.
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Legislation to Include PTSD as a Qualifying Condition
However, it looks like things are about to change in the Ocean State. On June 16 the Rhode Island General assembly voted to approve legislation that would include PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions. The legislation was introduced by Representative Scott Slater, a Democrat from Providence, and Senator Stephen Archambault, a Democrat from Johnston.
Archambault called the bill long overdue and said he was affected by stories of veterans who are suffering from the condition after fighting overseas.
Source: Providence Journal
According to the Providence Journal, it is sitting on the desk of Governor Raimondo for her consideration. She is expected to sign the legislation into law.
UPDATE JULY 15, 2016: According to the Providence Journal Governor Raimondo has signed the legislation into law!
There’s always one in the crowd!
Let’s also take note that House Bill 7142 had unanimous support in the Senate and only one vote in the House was against the bill – Deputy Minority Leader Patricia Morgan – just so you know.
Veterans can Relax and Purchase Medical Marijuana Legally for PTSD
This is big news for veterans in Rhode Island. Vets with PTSD will be able to legally participate in the state’s medical marijuana program. No longer will they be forced to obtain medical marijuana illegally. And those that have waited patiently to use cannabis products will be able to purchase it with no worries of breaking the law.
An added bonus for this new law requires the Rhode Island Department of Health to issue medical marijuana cards to hospice patients within 72 hours of receiving the application. The fee will be waived for these patients (and their caregivers) in hospice care.
Let’s give a Happy Joe salute to Rhode Island for recognizing that PTSD can be treated effectively with medical marijuana.