New York celebrated veteran’s this year by adding PTSD to list of the state’s qualifying medical conditions. It’s estimated there are at least 19,000 residents of New York that could benefit from using medical marijuana for PTSD. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law, he knew he would be helping thousands of people get help for the often-debilitating symptoms of PTSD.
“Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon, and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home,” Cuomo said.
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Countless people supported Cuomo’s decision. Bob Becker, legislative director of the New York State Council of Veterans Organizations expressed his feelings about the Governor’s decision. “Gov. Cuomo should be applauded for helping thousands of New York veterans find relief with medical marijuana,” he said. “PTSD is a serious problem facing our state, and now we have one more tool available to alleviate suffering.”
Applauded Gov. Cuomo was indeed. Veteran supporters cheered Cuomo’s decision. Several people have campaigned for the use of medical cannabis for PTSD since New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana in 2014. When medical marijuana was first implemented in New York, the state held some of the most restrictive laws in the country. And while the state still has limited qualifying conditions (and a law against smoking medical marijuana), people, with PTSD at least, now have more options.
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“I have tremendous respect, and honor, and gratitude for what the veterans have done for this country,” Cuomo said in a tribute over Veteran’s Day Weekend. He went on to say that “the nation hasn’t always done enough to show its thanks. Part of our commitment to do everything we can do, if there are veterans that are suffering, and we can make a treatment available, we want to.”
There are currently 29 states that have legalized marijuana. New York is the 28th to add PTSD to its list of qualifying conditions. Veterans aren’t the only New York residents with PTSD who are now permitted to use medical cannabis. The new law also extends to survivors of domestic violence, police officers, and survivors of accidents and crime.