Gov. Cuomo signs bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

Gov. Cuomo signs bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

"And their sacrifice and their courage is the highest form of patriotism", said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Even though NY has legalized medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won't help them get the drug.

Cuomo's signature on Savino's bill is not only great for New York's veterans, it will also benefit the state's overly anxious firefighters, police officers, and survivors of domestic abuse.

The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.

Speaking prior to a Veterans Day parade in New York City, Cuomo said the people who serve our country need more help than they're getting.

Chronic pain was recognized as an eligible condition earlier this year in NY adding to a number of other qualifying conditions including cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, chronic pain, and Huntington's disease.

"Marijuana will be legalized if a doctor authorizes and finds the condition of PTSD for a veteran", Cuomo told the crowd gathered in Manhattan.

PTSD is a serious condition that involves a person developing symptoms after experiencing traumatic stress, including anger, flashbacks, nightmares, night sweats, numbing, insomnia and avoidance, officials say.

The new regulations will outline a system in which employers would have to pay workers additional "call-in pay" if they failed to provide their employees with adequate notice.

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