I have a serious question: if HB110, the legalization and regulation of marijuana, becomes law, doesn’t medical marijuana become irrelevant? Anyway, this bill adds anxiety to the list of debilitating conditions which a person can have to eligible for medical marijuana, and removes the requirement that a psychiatrist be the physician who signs the written certification in support of an applicant’s application for medical marijuana.
UPDATE on 5/17/17. SB24 is/was a bill to expand Medical Marijuana to cover several new conditions like “debilitating anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety.” The bill was supported by veterans who said the pharmaceuticals that are often prescribed to treat their PTSD are addictive, have painful side effects and don’t work. But some medical groups, like the Delaware Medical Society and the Delaware Psychiatric Association and the Delaware Healthcare Association said the research showed that marijuana doesn’t help treat anxiety, and indeed could actually exacerbate the conditions.
Bill sponsor Senator Margaret Rose Henry promised to address those concerns in the amendment process, but then lines got crossed and no amendments were introduced and then the bill was suddenly on the floor. Hence, the reason by 10 Senators voted “not voting.” (Officially, the bill went down to defeat with 9 yes, 1 no, 10 not voting and 1 absent). I am told a new bill with the concerns addressed will be brought back this session to address treatment of PTSD and other panic disorders, but not general anxiety.
SPONSORS: Henry, Baumbach, Keeley, Townsend, Bennett, Q.Johnson, Osienski, Paradee, B. Short
YES VOTES – HOUSE: Everyone but the no and not voting.
NO VOTES – HOUSE: Dukes [Not Voting: Briggs King, Hudson, Collins, Postles]
YES VOTES – SENATE: Everyone but Bonini who was absent.
NO VOTES – SENATE: None
HISTORY: Passed House and Senate
STATUS: Waiting on Governor to sign