New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that can legally be treated with medical marijuana in the state.
The move opens another sales avenue for MMJ businesses operating in a state that has been stymied by restrictive regulations.
The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed to mark Veterans Day.
The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana, including veterans, police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents.
New York’s medical marijuana law allows patients with illnesses including cancer, AIDS and Parkinson’s disease to consume nonsmokable forms of cannabis.
New York’s MMJ program is still extremely limited, but the state earlier this year rolled out a plan to double the number of licensed businesses to 10 and saw an 183% increase in patient enrollment.
– Associated Press