Gov. Cuomo signed a law on Nov. 11 adding PTSD to the list of conditions that can now be treated with medical marijuana. Natasha Vaughn, Albany Bureau
Hillary Peckham(Photo: Courtesy photo)
That’s a number worth remembering – it’s how many people in Dutchess, Columbia, and Putnam counties are estimated to be eligible today for access to life-sustaining medical marijuana. In fact, it’s nearly 200,000 people statewide. Locally, that means 4,500 moms, dads and loved ones who may benefit during what is likely one of the most challenging periods for any family: sickness.
It’s a good start, but should be much higher and is indicative of the next steps New York must take in order to ensure that hundreds of thousands of suffering New Yorkers are not locked out of the program because of unnecessary hurdles. Steps like:
— Expanding on currently limited diagnoses that count as “qualifying conditions.”
— Ensuring more doctors get enrolled to write prescriptions in 2018.
— Recognizing the role