Victory For NYS Veterans - PTSD Added To MMJ Treatment List
Andrew Cuomo did New York veterans a favor following Veteran's Day this year. He signed legislation that officially added post-traumatic stress disorder to the roster of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The news gives New Yorker's hope that the medical marijuana program in their state is loosening up!
Before this weekend, only those who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Epilepsy, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, neuropathy, and chronic pain were considered eligible for medical marijuana treatment. However, since being recognized as a medical treatment, New Yorker's have voiced their upset about the strictness of the program.
Doctors have been researching the effects of cannabis on patients with PTSD and they have found the marijuana definitely alleviates symptoms. Cuomo stated that with recognizing PTSD as a qualifying condition, almost 20,000 New York residents with PTSD could successfully treat their illness with cannabis.