Arizona lawmakers voted on April 24, to establish a potential way for medical marijuana to be researched at state universities. Marijuana research could eventually help doctors in Arizona to recommend medical marijuana for more medical conditions.
The Senate has already approved the measure and Governor Jan Brewer appears to be open to the idea.
Studies on marijuana for medical conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for combat veterans could eventually lead to PTSD being a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arizona. Hopefully, medical marijuana would help reduce the rate of suicides in post-combat vets.
Other medical conditions such as anxiety and depression are qualifying conditions in many states, but not in Arizona. Hopefully, the state university research studies will shed light onto the medicinal benefits of marijuana for these conditions and others, thus making them qualifying conditions in lawmakers’ eyes.