A week after Colorado shot down an attempt to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis, a new law goes into effect today in Washington State to do just that.

The new law makes Washington the 11th state to allow PTSD patients to obtain medical marijuana.

The move will help expand the customer base for dispensaries and lure PTSD patients away from the black market and recreational stores. But the benefits may be short-lived since dispensaries will be rolled into the recreational oversight system by next summer.

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Meanwhile, supporters of the state’s MMJ industry are planning a legal challenge to the new law that pulls dispensaries into the same system as recreational shops. Backers are already raising money and plan a rally to further build support.