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Arizona medical-pot law expansion under consideration

The state health director will make the decision this week if the medical-marijuana program will be expanded to include anxiety, migraines, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A recent University of Arizona study found little or no evidence that medical marijuana would be effective in treating those conditions.

Arizona Health Director Will Humble said there's not much research in this area to form policy decisions.

The owner of We Grow in Phoenix, the self-proclaimed "Walmart of Weed," agreed with Humble.

"The research is limited," said Sunny Singh. "I think you go in and do some new research and go from there."

Singh said he would like to see medical marijuana being allowed to treat PTSD.

"You see a lot of veterans who have PTSD come in here," he said. "[Marijuana] calms them down and provides some kind of relief for sure."

Humble said the medical-marijuana program would expand by about 15,000 people if he allows PTSD as a qualifying condition.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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