Ore. Senate OKs bill to allow medical pot for PTSD

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would allow people with post-traumatic stress disorder to get a medical marijuana card.

The bill passed with a 19 to 11 vote, and now moves to the House.

Supporters say people suffering from PTSD should have access to medicine that can help their condition. Opponents say there isn't clear research to prove that marijuana is an effective treatment for symptoms of the disorder.

In an earlier hearing on the bill, veterans told lawmakers that marijuana helped them cope with the physical and emotional trauma of war.

In Oregon, patients with certain debilitating conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's Disease qualify for medical marijuana cards.

Under federal law, marijuana is still an illegal substance.