Veterans and other post-traumatic stress disorder patients will have easier easier access to medical marijuana.
Governor John Carney signed the Bravery Bill into law, and it allows PTSD patients to receive a medical marijuana card from any properly licensed physician.
"Our veterans have fought for our freedom and have enabled us to enjoy safety and a good life, so the least we can do is provide them with relief," said State Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry.
Prior to this, PTSD patients could only get approval for medical marijuana from a licensed psychiatrist.
Senator Henry sponsored the legislation with help from 10-year Air Force Veteran Kim Petters. She had to wait eight months before qualifying for medical marijuana.
"Simply put, SB 24 will allow those suffering with PTSD to have more options other than pharmaceuticals, which can be dangerous and addictive," said Petters, President of the Women’s Veterans Collective. "The veteran community continues to experience staggering suicide rates that far outnumber the amount of troops we lose in actual combat. The veteran accidental overdose rates alone more than double the national average. And when you take a look at the veteran homeless community you'll find at least 70 percent of homeless vets report substance abuse, most of which began with pharmaceuticals or alcohol."
There is no cure for PTSD.