Cuomo signs bill expanding medical marijuana to PTSD patients

Governor Andrew Cuomo participates in Veterans Day parade in New York City

Governor Andrew Cuomo participates in Veterans Day parade in New York City. Credit

Veterans with PTSD will have to get authorization from a doctor in order to receive medical marijuana.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Veterans Day to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. PTSD patients have long used cannabis for treatment of symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, and hypervigilance.

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.

"From improving access to healthcare treatments and services, to removing barriers to employment, all five of these bills take important steps to ensure that veterans have every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home", Governor Cuomo said.

New York's medical marijuana law allows patients with illnesses including cancer, AIDS and Parkinson's disease to use consume non-smokable forms of the drug.

Recently, an overwhelming majority of USA military veterans threw their support behind medical marijuana research and legalization in a new survey.

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On Veteran's Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed five pieces of legislation to help NY veterans.

Cuomo, an American flag sticking out of his breast pocket, announced he signed four other bills that provide combat veterans employed by the state additional days off for health and counseling visits, waive civil service exam fees for veterans who were honorably discharged and create custom license plates commemorating service members.

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.

State Senator Diane Savino, who wrote the bill, was pleased with the outcome.

"If there are veterans that are suffering and we can make a treatment available, we want to", Cuomo said.

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