by High Times | Updated on 9.27.18
As adult-use laws spread, people worry that medical marijuana will seize to exist. The opposite happened in New York on Monday, however. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that legally recognizes cannabis as a legitimate medical solution for pain management.
Earlier this year, NY’s Department of Health updated its list of qualifying conditions for a cannabis prescription to include opioid replacement and opioid addiction. Thus, the new bill now allows for substance-use-disorder treatment providers to recommend cannabis to treat pain instead of prescribing opioids. In essence, this new bill solidifies the Department of Health’s policy changes and makes a doctor’s script for cannabis lawful.
“In this battle against the opioid epidemic, it is critical that we use every means at our disposal to prevent the unnecessary prescription of these dangerous and addictive painkillers,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “Adding these conditions to the list of those approved for management with medical marijuana will help reduce the risk of addiction and provide suffering New Yorkers the relief they need.”
The signage of this bill comes after the governor’s recent primary win over pro-cannabis candidate, Cynthia Nixon. Many wondered if running against Nixon would push Cuomo toward supporting cannabis–a substance he referred to as a “gateway drug” back in 2017. He even said he opposes recreational cannabis. Though this is a small piece of legislation, it suggests otherwise– and is a step in the right direction.
And, allegedly, Gov. Cuomo’s administration is working to draft legislation for the regulation of adult-use of cannabis.
“By adding substance-use disorder and pain management to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, we will be allowing New Yorkers to take advantage of a harm reduction technique that can be used as an alternative to highly addictive opioids,” said Linda Rosenthal, the chair of the assembly committee on alcoholism and drug abuse, in a statement.
The state previously added chronic pain and PTSD to the list of treatable conditions for medical cannabis. According to a press release, medical marijuana can only be prescribed by a doctor if the pain a patient is experiencing degrades health and functional capability, along with other requirements.
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This is good for some. Not all patients can smoke pot. Not all patients get relief from pot. Just like all patients can't use opioids. Marijuana is not a replacement for Opioids. All pain & patients are different. Everyone's pain is caused by different injuries or disease. No two patients pain level is the same. No two treatments work the same on multiple people. Everyone is different & needs to be treated differently . There is No Cookie Cutter treatment!! Please stop punishing pain patients. We are not the ones over dosing!! Our scripts are not causing the overdoses. Most pain patients don't have scripts or enough of a script to manage the pain we have to endure everyday, 24/7/365. Never goes away. So if meds can make us keep working & caring for our families & not one person is at risk of overdosing from a script that belongs to me. Why do I feel like I'm being punished??? Cutting production is going to harm everyone one-way or the other. Someday your loved one will need a surgery, have an accident or work related injury, or diagnosed with a painful disease. You will not receive any medication....at all. Try a Tylenol as your government has been telling us to do. You tell your child or mother to just take an aspirin. ....see how well that relieves some of the worst pain ever.
Unsupported human experimentation. Await clinical trials. Is there so little respect for those with addiction that legislators are willing to throw anything, however inadequately investigated, at the diagnosis? We would not do this with diabetes, with cancer, with pneumonia...
I'm one of the people who want marijuana to be legalized, some city have been approved it but some are not and still in the discussion if they will or no. But I think this can be legalized because it has a good effect in our community especially in a medical way. As i saw this https://www.worldwide-marijuana-seeds.com/collections/ace-marijuana-seeds i know that it can help all of us soon when it is legal in our country. Just saying.
This is something every state governor should be doing. We need to put an end to the opioid crisis in our country. I applaud Gov. Cuomo and hope more governors will follow his lead.
Good works, anything to help the opioid crisis.
Food for thought.
Great come on out of the cave. People can get better from this.
Big time support. No OD of marijuana is possible. And marijuana generally stimulates paranoia, heightened awareness, instead of numbing and dulling brain function. Which means less zombie like effects. Though the Paranoia from marijuana stimulates awareness, there are psychoactive properties to specific strains of marijuana. Specifically "Cannabis-Sativa," Due to the potency of THC. Though a higher concentration of CBD breed into the strains would negative the psychoactive/hallucinogenic effects.
Well done sir.
My heart believes that it would help people very much