A historic case was filed in the Colorado Court of Appeals on Tuesday, June 28, on behalf of Plaintiffs who wish to obtain medical cannabis recommendations for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD is not currently recognized as a qualifying condition for which medical cannabis can be prescribed in Colorado. The Colorado Board of Health in 2014 chose not to add PTSD, claiming there’s “not enough scientific evidence” to support the efficacy of cannabis-based treatment.
Law firm Hoban & Feola’s Denver team is set to bring national attention with this case, similar to the 2009 Centennial case which led to creation of the commercial cannabis market in Colorado and beyond. Similarly, the ruling in this current PTSD case could set a national precedent, affecting the entire industry.
Ironically, a study that could produce enough evidence to secure approval for PTSD was approved by the health board and funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health just a year earlier, reports Nat Stein at Colorado Springs Independent. Investigator Dr Sue Sisley, who was unceremoniously fired in 2014 by the University of Arizona for pointing out the efficacy of cannabis, was awarded $2 million for her study on the role of marijuana in treating combat veterans with PTSD.
While Dr. Sisley’s first-of-its-kind, randomized trial will greatly add to the existing body of research already suggesting cannabis helps treat PTSD, with so many bureaucratic hurdles, those results could be years away.
“When someone is truly at the end of their rope, looking for anything that would give them relief, they’re not thinking about possible side-effects,” said attorney Adam Foster of Hoban & Feola.
About Hoban & Feola
Founded in 2008, Hoban & Feola is the fastest growing national law firm specializing in cannabis and hemp law and policy. Headquartered in Denver, the firm has expanded from 12 to 15 states with the recent onboard of Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine. Additionally, the firm offers expert legal counsel in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Central America and Uruguay.
National CBD and hemp expert, attorney Robert Hoban, is the firm’s founder and managing partner. Hoban has helped to guide states and early adopter countries through the regulatory process. While politicians, business leaders and entrepreneurs are still feeling their way through the cannabis industry, Hoban said he brings the professional expertise necessary to lead the way in navigating the cannabis space.
Data show that new start-ups and states can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months to become compliant with the complex and varying regulations of medical cannabis (see research). Issues of zoning, cultivation, testing and distribution have to be addressed in addition to state-sanctioned organizational business structures.
“With 25 states adopting medical compassionate cannabis laws, and four adult use states at a full roar, cannabis prohibition is at a tipping point,” Hoban said. “Experience and guidance to navigate these shark-like waters is essential to create compliant and well-structured business that have a sense about the cannabis business and culture they are helping to create.”