Arizona Department of Health Services’ (ADHS) Director, Will Humble, wants to make adding new qualifying medical conditions to Arizona’s medical marijuana program more difficult.
Humble rejected all prior efforts to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying medical conditions, saying there was no credible scientific evidence that PTSD can be helped by marijuana use. But a hearing officer has officially ruled that anecdotal evidence could be considered in this circumstance, and Humble relented. Now, he wants to re-draft Arizona’s medical marijuana rules to say that future changes can come only with peer-reviewed studies that show clear and convincing evidence the marijuana helps.
Humble stated: “So that’s just my intent in making it clear, as I thought it already was, but to make it even more crystal clear that future decisions, or any decisions I continue make in this job, will need to be based on evidence and data.”
But attorney Jeffrey Kaufman noted the change ignores a major key factor, that “The governments have constructed a complex and impossible program and maze for anyone to get medical marijuana studies funding.”