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NY allows veterans with PTSD to apply for medicinal marijuana

13 November 2017, 11:06 | Silvia Roy

NY allows veterans with PTSD to apply for medicinal marijuana

NY allows veterans with PTSD to apply for medicinal marijuana

"Marijuana will be legalized if a doctor authorizes and finds the condition of PTSD for a veteran", Cuomo told the crowd gathered in Manhattan.

Even though NY has legalized medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won't help them get the drug.

Cuomo believes adding PTSD to the list will help thousands of veterans. By ensuring access to our medical marijuana products to those suffering from PTSD, we hope to take one step closer to fulfilling our mission of improving people lives. Virtually every state in the country with a medical marijuana program allows for treatment of PTSD.

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State Senator Diane Savino, who wrote the bill, was pleased with the outcome.

"I commend Gov. Cuomo for taking action to support our residents and veterans, and signing legislation that will help remedy a number of serious conditions affecting New Yorkers in communities across the state".

"What we've said to the veterans is we appreciate your service and when you come back home we'll be there for you".

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The medical marijuana program in NY has been criticized for having too strict a list of qualifying conditions. Qualified patients can receive marijuana oils and topicals.

The use or possession of marijuana is prohibited at all VA medical centers, locations and grounds.

According to a report from the University of Florida student newspaper the Alligator, a group of Sunshine State veterans used the military-focused holiday to bring a casket full of prescription pill bottles to a local Veterans Affairs hospital, protesting the federal agency's continued dismissal of medical cannabis and reliance on deadly pharmaceutical painkillers.

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