Lawsuit seeks approval for pot use for depression

SANTA FE, N.M.- A psychiatric nurse wants approval for using medical marijuana as a treatment for depression.

Bryan Krumm tells the Santa Fe New Mexican people with major depression because of post-traumatic stress disorder may obtain medical marijuana in New Mexico, but not those with major depression for other reasons.

The Medical Advisory Board last year voted 5-2 to make all major depression eligible for the medical-cannabis program as a result of his request, but outgoing Cabinet secretary Alfredo Vigil overruled that Jan. 4.

Vigil says studies of the effectiveness in treating major depression do not offer a reasonable assurance that medical marijuana would likely assist in alleviating symptoms caused by that condition or its medical treatments.

Krumm filed a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief. A hearing has not been scheduled.

via : The Associated Press

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