NYS medical marijuana bill passes

A bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical use, but only when prescribed and administered by a doctor, has been agreed upon by state lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said “this legislation strikes the right balance” between providing relief to “people who are in pain and suffering [and averting] risks to public health and safety.”

New York is the 23rd state to allow for medical marijuana use.

Medical marijuana would be limited to usage by patients with diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, MS, epilepsy, a specific type of spinal cord damage, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s Disease, and any diagnoses added by the state Health Department Commissioner.

Only vapor/air and oil-based forms—not smoking—are allowed. It would also be tracked in the state’s new prescription drug registry.

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