Dear Editor,

Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo and Assemblywoman Linda Stender have introduced bill A3726, to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a recognized qualifying condition for Medical Marijuana in New Jersey. As a PTSD patient, I personally use Medical Marijuana under the recommendation of a Psychiatrist in Los Angeles. All psychiatric medications used in attempts to manage PTSD, aside from Zoloft and Paxil (which are ineffective in many cases), are off-label usages of those drugs with potentially fatal side effects and often little benefit. Arizona, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Maine, Massachusetts, the Netherlands, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Portugal, Nevada and Spain all recognize PTSD as a qualifying condition for Medical Marijuana. Marijuana can be purchased without a medical card in Colorado, Washington and Uruguay. PTSD is a horrific condition that depresses, terrifies, panics, numbs and can push you to suicide. Marijuana has kept me alive. Researchers at the Hebrew University Medical Center (Israel) found in PTSD patients given Medical Marijuana, “The intervention caused a statistically significant improvement in global symptom severity, sleep quality, frequency of nightmares, and PTSD hyperarousal symptoms". New Jersey must provide legal access to Medical Marijuana for PTSD. Yes on A3726. Eric Hafner Toms River