NY State veterans got a nice Veterans Day Gift from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who announced on Saturday that he will sign a bipartisan bill to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for New York’s medical marijuana program making New York the 28th state to allow medical marijuana to be used to treat PTSD.
Landon Dais, political director for the Marijuana Policy Project of New York said in a statement, “We thank Gov. Cuomo for his support of this compassionate bill. No one should have to leave the state to have access to a treatment that might help them have a better quality of life.”
“Governor Cuomo’s action reflects growing recognition of the value of medical marijuana, and is another welcome step in the expanding and strengthening of New York’s medical marijuana program,” said Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the bill.
Patients with PTSD now qualify for medical marijuana treatment in twenty-eight of the twenty-nine states which allow it. In, Alaska, where PTSD is not listed as a qualification, marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older.
Bills to add PTSD to state medical marijuana programs were also signed into law in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont in 2017.
According to Jill Montag, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health, New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program has certified 35,621 patients, since its launch nearly two years ago and has 1,316 registered practitioners.