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Gov. Chris Christie signs bill approving marijuana for PTSD treatment

Gov. Chris Christie signs bill approving marijuana for PTSD treatment

By putting his signature on a medical marijuana expansion bill, making post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a qualified condition. On Wednesday, the Republican governor, who has considered previous expansion efforts a “front for legalization,” signed Assembly Bill 457, making it legal for veterans and other people suffering from PTSD to participate in the state’s medical marijuana

By putting his signature on a medical marijuana expansion bill, making post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a qualified condition.

On Wednesday, the Republican governor, who has considered previous expansion efforts a “front for legalization,” signed Assembly Bill 457, making it legal for veterans and other people suffering from PTSD to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program.

There is no waiting period for the law to take effect.

A statement issued by Governor Christie suggests the measure was put into action to help a fraction of soldiers who reportedly emerged with this disorder following the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Christie said the new law is intended to “provide struggling veterans and others with the ability to use medical marijuana to treat PTSD, but only after it has been determined by a physician or psychiatrist that conventional medical therapy is ineffective.”

As it stands, New Jersey is the 18th state to certify the use of medical marijuana for PTSD patients.

The program is also available to people with multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, and a handful of other conditions.

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