VIDEO: Chris Christie to Consider Bill That Provides a Medical Marijuana Option for PTSD Patients


NEW JERSEY - Military veterans diagnosed with PTSD could potentially be receiving a new form of treatment.
When you send young people off to combat, there is no training you could provide for the things they are going to encounter.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 1 in 8 returning soldiers suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
On Monday, the state legislature approved a bill to potentially give those suffering from PTSD, specifically targeting diagnosed military veterans, a new medical option – medical marijuana.
“It hasn’t got some of the drawbacks of some of the other pharmaceutical products that are also available," said Robert E. McNulty Sr., Chairman of Vietnam VOA State Council Gov't Affairs.
Medicines like Zoloft and Praxil are often prescribed to PTSD patients and can cause side effects like nausea, insomnia, and abdominal pain.
“PTSD is a serious problem. It’s as simple as that. So to have another tool in the tool box that could create some effective use is the way to go," said McNulty.
If signed into law by Governor Chris Christie, only PTSD patients resistant to conventional medical therapy would qualify. Medical marijuana has already been approved in New Jersey to treat medical diseases like muscular dystrophy and terminal cancer.
Governor Christie can either sign the bill, veto it, or conditional veto it, which means he wants to make some changes and then it goes back to both chambers. He has 45 days to decide.