AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law allows veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to be prescribed medical marijuana.
Under the law that went into effect Wednesday, PTSD joins cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C and others on the list of conditions patients must have to qualify for medical marijuana use in Maine.
Veterans and advocates say marijuana use can help those with PTSD live a normal life. They say it can ease feelings of fear, stress and agitation without the negative side effects that prescription medication can cause.
The use of medical marijuana use for PTSD treatment is contentious among the medical community. Some doctors believe there is not enough sound evidence to prove it’s useful, while other doctors say it might help ease symptoms.