Panel urges denial of marijuana program expansions

Panel urges denial of marijuana program expansions

CREATED Jul 19, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

PHOENIX (AP) - Medical advisers are recommending that Arizona's top public health official deny proposals to expand the state's medical marijuana program.

The Department of Health Services' medial advisory committee says it found no convincing evidence that medical marijuana provides benefits for people with post-traumatic stress disorder or three other medical conditions.

Requests pending with Humble would allow medical marijuana use for PTSD, migraine headaches, anxiety and depression.

The Associated Press obtained the advisory committee's recommendation to Health Services Director Will Humble under Arizona's public records law.

The recommendation cites University of Arizona studies that looked for scientific research findings on medical marijuana and the four medical conditions.

Arizona now permits medical marijuana use for such medical reasons as cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, chronic pain, muscle spasms and hepatitis C.

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