New York Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Cannabis

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New York Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Cannabis

(Seth Wenig/AP)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo marked Veterans Day by signing a package of bills into law on Saturday, including a measure to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

“Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon,” Cuomo said, “and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home.”

“PTSD is a serious problem facing our state, and now we have one more tool available to alleviate suffering.”Bob Becker, New York State Council of Veterans Organizations

The bipartisan measure earned overwhelming support in the state Legislature earlier this year, winning landslide Assembly approval (131–8) in May and passing through the Senate (50–13) in June. As many as 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana,...

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