Oregon Legislature Approves PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

Last week, the Oregon House of Representatives voted 36 to 23 in favor of Senate Bill 281, which adds Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Speaking in favor of the bill, Rep. John Lively (D-Springfield) stated, “Each person who suffers has different levels of how they’re impacted and what it takes to recover. This is about providing a legal avenue for people suffering from PTSD.”

SB 281 was previously approved by the State Senate in April and now awaits Governor Kitzhaber’s signature.

You can read local media coverage here.

10 thoughts

  1. Great! Now we have permission to admit another reason why we use it, couldn’t just say we have PTSD and marijuana helps with that.
    The so called medical experts have to get a green light from gov. to charge me for their green light to use what I’m not qualified to perceive as beneficial and helpful to my condition, gee thanks!

  2. Agree with Day. Cannabis is non-toxic, relatively harmless, non-addictive substance with proven benefits for all kinds of ailments – so why does it take legislative approval for people to get hold of it ? After all they will sell us as much aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol and alcohol as you like (all of which can be overdosed on or will kill over a period of years). All I want is an ointment to rub on my painful back (made from cannabis) where is the potential for abuse or harm in that ?
    Small steps are good but hard to take if you are suffering while you are waiting.
    (Written whilst in pain !)

  3. As an ex-marine now living in VA and suffering from PTSD, I have found that marijuana helps me more than anything else – period! It is shameful that the politicians here would have me locked up for medicating myself. I’ve written to them many times and only once did I get an answer and it was in the form of a pre-written letter (stating opposition to any kind of marijuana reform) that clearly ignored the content of my letter. It seems that for all they care, men and women who have suffered for their country can just continue to suffer… We’re free to take the crap manufactured in Big Pharma’s labs though – at great expense and with many dangerous side effects including thoughts of suicide and liver damage.

    Isn’t it great living in a free country? Specifically, free to do what our Govt says we can do…

  4. @Miles, your post is illuminating and I hope the right people read it. I wonder if there are any congressmen who can relate and so would lend an ear or at least read your letters. The first amendment guarantees the right of citizens “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, but I guess nobody there feels obligated to read your petition.

  5. Miles–I hope you are active in the reform movement in Virginia. I’m on the VA-NORML Board of Directors, and we have about nine chapters around the state.

  6. Please give me any current info regarding this bill. I’m 58 and have realized now 43 years how beneficial this can be during traumatic times!

  7. I, too, am58 and find it very helpful. While it does piss me off that I must get licensing for something I have used for so many years,I am happy it is no longer a felony.

  8. Ps…my family have all par taken, even my grandfather who now would beat least 110. Suppose I could be grandfathered in? Hehe

  9. I hear you Louanne Melton, It is not hard to get a marijuana card, especially here in enteral oregon. If thy as what it takes, do it legal. No hassles, we all have to jump through the hoops. It helps me too and I won’t take no for an answer!

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