Sep 6, 2016 9:05 AM

New York Eases Restrictions on Medical Cannabis

New York has one of the strictest medical marijuana programs in the country. However, it has been recently announced that New York is going to make cannabis more accessible to those who need it. Thus, now patients who require medical cannabis will be able to receive their treatment without leaving home.

Last month, the New York Department of Health made a report on the medical marijuana market. According to the document, officials highly recommend the state to increase accessibility and broaden provisions on medical marijuana.

Since January, New York has registered about 7,000 patients who can purchase marijuana medication in the form of pills, tinctures, and concentrates in one of the twenty dispensaries. It is worth mentioning that cannabis flowers remain illegal. Only trained marijuana physicians have the right to prescribe cannabis treatment for those suffering from epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, HIV or AIDS, cancer, and some other special conditions.

The new regulations will allow patients who require medical cannabis treatment to have marijuana delivered to their homes. People who have some difficulties with visiting dispensaries will now be able to receive their treatment easily. These are good news for patients without the ability to travel. Cannabis will also be prescribed for chronic pain, a condition that was previously unapproved.

Moreover, not only specially trained physicians will be able to give their patients access to medical cannabis. Nurse practitioners will also have the right to deem patients eligible for medical marijuana. Thus, there will be no need to wait forever for an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor.

New regulations require an expansion of financial aid for patients who are struggling financially because of their diseases.

New York is going to continue studies on medical marijuana as well as searching for other conditions that can be eased by cannabis treatment.

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