NJ lawmakers could approve marijuana to treat PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder would qualify New Jersey residents for treatment with marijuana under legislation being considered in the Assembly.

The Democrat-led Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill at 1pm Thursday. If approved, it would head to the Senate for its consideration.

The legislation approves the disorder for treatment with marijuana only if it's not treatable with conventional therapy.

Marijuana is currently approved in New Jersey to treat multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer and muscular dystrophy, among other medical diseases. It's also approved for seizures and glaucoma if those conditions are resistant to conventional treatment.

The U.S. Senate passed an amendment in November that would allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it's legal. The proposal failed to pass the House.