BY C.M. WATTS
The state’s medical marijuana laws just added the ailment to their list of qualifying conditions.
In a statement released from the New York Department of Health, a regulatory amendment outlining the additional of chronic pain and its conditions has been drafted and will be published for public comment soon.
“After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature, it became clear that there may be certain benefits in the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker in the statement. “Medical marijuana is already helping thousands of patients across New York State, and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the program.”
The state’s medical marijuana laws already allow those suffering from cancer, HIV/AID, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to spinal cord nervous tissues, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, and Huntington’s disease.