The scene at the Colorado Board of Health was one of outrage and disbelief as a 6-2 vote shut down an initiative to add PTSD to the list of approved medical conditions. The addition of PTSD as a qualifying treatment was originally proposed by Colorado's chief medical officer, Dr. Larry Wolk. He believes the 114,000 Colorado patients have the right idea in choosing a natural solution to their body's maladies. Unfortunately, the health board disagreed.
"Blood is on your hands!" one audience member shouted. Tony Cappello, head of the nine-member board, stated the lack of scientific evidence as the reason for voting against the measure. A majority of his peers agreed with the reasoning.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD) is an insidious disease. Mind and body become altered through trauma inhibiting the veteran's return to civilian life. Day-to-day life becomes a struggle as thoughts feed on themselves leading to isolation and fear while out in society. Eventually, the dark tunnel loses the light at the end.
Pain, of any kind, is seen as weakness in the veteran's mind. This stems from the military viewing any injury, physical or mental, as a weakness. This "weakness" then manifests in the body through various injuries or by the veteran identifying with those injuries. Marijuana helps to counteract all of PTSD's effects by alleviating physical pain as well as relaxing the hyperactive mind.
Based on first-hand experience, marijuana is the magic ticket that veterans need to find the path out of their personal darkness. Colorado claims lack of scientific research as the reasoning behind their decision. Yet, it's common knowledge that the federal government has hamstrung all valid explorations into marijuana for decades. When the best information available is "mountainous" anecdotal evidence should one not allow a person the right to personal choice?
Colorado, your decision slaps every veteran across the face. It's time government stopped looking for why marijuana should be legal or accessible. It's obvious why. Why not? Still waiting for a reason.
Listen, to the voices of those seeking relief and a better life. Open doors instead of slamming them shut!