By The Associated Press

More veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other pain are turning to marijuana to deal with their symptoms.

The Arizona Republic reports veterans and advocates are urging health officials to add PTSD as a qualifying condition medical-marijuana program in Arizona.

Current law only allows patients with chronic pain, cancer and other debilitating conditions to qualify.

Only two states include PTSD as a qualifying condition.

Veterans have testified at hearings and in letters that in some cases, cannabis helps their pain more than prescription pain drugs.

Since May, nearly 28,000 patients have participated in the state’s program. Health officials estimate the inclusion of PTSD could add as many as 20,000 new patients.