New York Legislature Pass Bill to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

Jun 21, 2017 , , , , ,

On Tuesday, the New York Senate took an important step toward improving the state’s medical marijuana program by passing S 5629, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition. The Assembly had already overwhelmingly passed an identical bill, A 7006. The bills now head to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

MPP’s Kate Bell said the following in a press release:

“State lawmakers are standing up for thousands of New Yorkers who are suffering from PTSD and might benefit from medical marijuana,” said Kate Bell, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. “We hope Gov. Cuomo will do the same and sign this important legislation. With a single swipe of his pen, he can help countless people find relief.”

Gov. Cuomo has not yet indicated if he’s supportive. If you are a New York resident, please call him now at (518) 474-8390, and politely ask him to make this important treatment option available to patients! To make it easy, we have a sample script available here. You can also click here to send an email in support.

There are only two drugs that are FDA-approved to treat PTSD, and neither has been shown to be more effective than a placebo. Both of these drugs, and others commonly prescribed “off-label,” have dangerous side effects that cannabis does not. Many veterans suffer from PTSD, which is why the State Council of Veterans’ Organizations has come out in support of this bill. Shouldn’t those who have served our country and others who have survived trauma have access to any treatment that might help ease their suffering?

Please ask Gov. Cuomo to allow New York to join the other 26 states — of the 29 states with medical marijuana programs — that include PTSD as a qualifying condition by signing this legislation.

3 responses to “New York Legislature Pass Bill to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program”

  1. Can someone at MPP shed some light on the 2nd Amendment rights as it pertains to Vets possibly losing their right to bear arms if they are MMJ patients? Most of the Vets I’ve spoken with share these concerns and won’t proceed with getting registered in the program for fear of the Federal government attempting to revoke their gun privileges.

    • Colleen,

      Federal gun laws only prevent registered medical marijuana patients from purchasing new firearms. It has no impact on any firearms that they currently own.

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