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Qualifying Medical Conditions For NY MMJ

New York's medical marijuana program began on January 6th and is known as one of the strictest programs in all of the 23 states that have legalized.  Currently, the state only allows the oral consumption of cannabis - prohibiting smoking and only allowing edibles, liquids or pill form.  Patients are also not allowed to grow their own plants at home either.

Only a handful of "severe, debilitating or life threatening" health conditions are eligible for MMJ treatment.  New York Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, announced that the state is not considering expanding it list of eligible conditions as previously reported by HighTimes.  He state that more evidence is needed before health officials could add conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia or rheumatoid arthritis to the list.

Below you will find a list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment:

  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington's disease
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms