Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD - can be caused by any traumatic event and to anyone. It is particularly common among our military members.
Now, Oregon medical marijauna advocates are laying the groundwork to exand the use of medical marijuana to people who suffer from PTSD. A recent article in the Oregonian discusses the movement to get PTSD approved as one of he qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
Washington County law enforcement has been particularly active in prosecuting people whom it believes have crossed the line between lawful medical marijuana use, cultivation and distribution, and unlawfully selling marijuana. So for Washington county residents who suffer from PTSD, the expansion of the medical marijuana laws could be a godsend.
There are other moves afoot to make medical marijauna more readily accessible. In this years election, there will be at least one marijuana initiative relaxing the law regarding marijuana use, though a second initiative was recently determined to have failed to gather enough valid signatures to make the ballot.
The marijuana movement is growing stronger in Oregon every day. Our current Attorny General seems very open to relaxing the usage of marijuana. However, federal law enforcement authorities in Oregon have taken a hard line position on suspected medical marijuana abuse.
What does all this mean for the marijuana community?
First, that they will experience various levels of enforcement of the law, depending on which prosecutor had jurisdiction. There are some hardline prosecutors - the Washington County DA's office and federal prosecutors - and prosecutors who are more likley to ignore medical marijuana dispenaries - like Multmomah county.
Second, that they are winning the fight to legalization of marijuana. Or at least the expansion of it's usage to other qualifying conditions.