STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is still deciding whether he will sign a bill permitting medical marijuana to help combat PTSD.
The treatment is not recommended by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs but backed by many former service members and their advocates, Newsday reported Saturday.
Legislation adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of 11 serious medical conditions eligible for medical marijuana was recently approved by the state Legislature and is now under review by the governor’s legal counsel and the state Department of Health, the report stated.
Those who support the legislation say they are optimistic Cuomo will OK it following recent expansions allowing the drug in more forms such as lozenges and ointments.
Staten Island state Sen. Diane Savino, a prime supporter of medical marijuana, said veterans rely on a “cocktail of drugs” such as antidepressants like Zoloft, despite reports of little relief and escalating fears about the addictive nature of many prescription drugs, the report stated.
“We need to solve this problem,” Savino said. “We [New York] would be an outlier if we didn’t add it.”