Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Wednesday, Sept. 14, to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the state’s list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment, NJ.com reports.
Christie has been a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization, and he has previously resisted efforts to expand the state’s medical cannabis program,describing it as a gateway to legalization.
The governor said he decided to approve PTSD as a qualifying condition because 20 percent of American veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with the condition.
Under the new rule, veterans and others with PTSD that haven’t responded to conventional therapy may legally treat their condition with medical cannabis.
New Jersey is the 18th state to approve medical cannabis for the treatment of PTSD, according to theAssociated Press.