PTSD Denied As Medicinal
Arizona Department Of Health Publishes Its Mid-Year Review; Other Conditions Denied Status Include Migraine Headaches And Depression
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble.
Modern Times Magazine
Jan. 18, 2014 — The Arizona Department of Health Services did not approve the latest petitions to add post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and migraines to the official list of debilitating conditions that are treatable by medicinal cannabinoids.
In a blog post on Friday, Director Will Humble said the decision was due to a lack of published data regarding the risks and benefits of using medicinal cannabinoids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid) to treat or provide relief for those conditions.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act obligates the department to periodically review petitions for the addition of new medical conditions to the list of people who qualify for a medical marijuana card. The petitions declined this week were received last summer, public testimony was heard at a hearing in October, and the department received many informal comments regarding adding PTSD, depression, and migraines during the review process, the director said.
The state health department contracted with the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health to do an evidence review of published scientific studies, the analyses of which are available at the petition website (http://www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana/debilitating).
“Our literature review found limited scientific evidence to support permanently adding the petitioned conditions to the statutory list of qualifying debilitating conditions identified in the act,” Humble wrote. “I didn’t approve the petitions because of the lack of published data regarding the risks and benefits of using cannabis to treat or provide relief for the petitioned conditions.”
The department will accept new petitions January 27 – 31.
It also published its mid-year update of the medical marijuana annual report (http://azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana/documents/reports/arizona-medical-marijuana-end-of-year-report-2013.pdf), which includes aggregate dispensary transaction data. There were about 422,000 transactions made at dispensaries in the state last year among the 40,000 patients (averaging about 10 transactions per patient). Dispensaries sold 2,700 kilograms last year for an estimated gross revenue to the state of $33 million.
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