The Delaware medical marijuana program is making safe access easier for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. On July 13, 2017, Delaware Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 24, removing the original law’s requirement that PTSD patients be authorized specifically by a psychiatrist; now, PTSD patients can be authorized by a physician like the other patients enrolling in the Delaware medical marijuana program.
“This is a common sense, and compassionate amendment to Delaware’s medical marijuana law that will expand access to treatment for Delaware veterans and others who live every day with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder,” Carney said in a press release. “Thank you to Senator Henry, Representative Baumbach, Representative Keeley, and all members of the General Assembly for their leadership on this issue.”
While SB 24 didn’t retain the addition of panic disorder, general anxiety, social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder to the state’s list of qualifying conditions, removing the unnecessary barrier for PTSD patients is still a welcome step forward.
“We want to help our veterans. This is a fairness issue,” Henry said, as reported by WDEL. “They’ve given so much to us to protect us. This is the least we can do to help them.”