Colorado Legislation to expand the state’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions has been passed by the full legislature.

Senate Bill 017 would create “a statutory right to use medical marijuana for a patient with acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.” The bill “creates the same rights, limitations, and criminal defenses and exceptions as the constitutional right to use medical marijuana” for all other conditions that currently qualify someone to become a legal medical cannabis patient.

The measure passed the Senate last month with a 34 to 1 vote, and was approved today by the House of Representatives. Given it was amended slightly in the House, it will need to go back for a final vote before being sent to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration.

Senate Bill 17-017 is sponsored by Senator Irene Aguilar and Representative Jonathan Singer. It it becomes law, Colorado would join Minnesota, New Jersey, Michigan, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon as states that allow those with PTSD or acute stress disorder to legally use medical cannabis.

Click here for the full text of the measure.

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