Rhode Island Adds PTSD to Medical Cannabis List

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law legislation adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis.

It’s not clear how many new patients this will mean for the state’s three licensed dispensaries, but the market could expand significantly.

Through July 5, there were 14,693 patients with approved medical-marijuana cards in Rhode Island, according to the Providence Journal.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that nearly 30% of veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD.

The state also allows patients to use MMJ to treat cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and chronic or debilitating conditions that lead to various ailments, including chronic pain.