After years of efforts, Colorado residents who have PTSD will finally be able to get cannabis products through the state’s medical marijuana program. I know what you’re thinking: Why didn’t they just get it through recreational sales? They could, but it’s more complicated than that.

Adding PTSD to the list of ailments that someone can get medical marijuana for means they can consult their doctor before deciding how to medicate, can get products they wouldn’t necessarily be able to find in a recreational setting, can grow their medicine and more. People suffering from PTSD, including veterans, have been trying to get Colorado to add the disorder to the list of qualifying medical conditions for over a decade. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the change into law on Monday.

There had been multiple attempts to make PTSD a qualifying condition before, but officials often said there wasn’t enough research showing cannabis can help treat PTSD, which is ironic considering the government prevents research from happening. I guess they changed their minds.

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