Today, more than 3,000 New Mexican residents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are actively enrolled in our state's Medical Cannabis Program. Many of them are military veterans, patients living with disabilities, and victims of serious trauma and violent crime. Unfortunately, their continued access medicine is being threatened by a formal petition to withdraw PTSD as a qualifying condition for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
These patients deserve access to effective medical treatments whether they have just come home from combat or are suffering debilitating symptoms from other trauma.
The right to use medical cannabis was approved in 2009, when PTSD was added to the list of conditions eligible under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act. Since then PTSD has become the disabling condition most frequently indicated by patients in the program, and today accounts for 40% of the diagnoses of the citizens in our state's medical cannabis program.
Don't Take Away Our Medicine is standing up to protect the legal rights of patients to access safe medicine. Join the campaign and tell the New Mexico Secretary of Health and the Governor to protect the rights of seriously ill New Mexicans and to reject the request to rescind PTSD as a qualifying condition by signing on to the Campaign.