NY allows veterans with PTSD to apply for medicinal marijuana

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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.

"New York is home to some of the bravest service members in the nation and in addition to residents suffering from PTSD due to other traumatic experiences, this legislation will ensure that everyone receives the effective treatment they deserve", Savino said in a statement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday signed a bill allowing people with PTSD to obtain medical marijuana with a doctor's authorization.

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.

NY joins Arizona, Colorado, and IL as states that legally allow PTSD patients to use marijuana as medicine.

But the state law won't help veterans who depend on VA medical care.

Since dispensary sales started at the beginning of 2016, New York's still-fledgling medical marijuana program has had its fair share of problems, with high prices, a smokeable cannabis ban, and limited product selection at the state's few dispensaries sending a number of qualified patients back to the black market. New York's medical marijuana program does not permit flower or edibles.

Across the nation, a number of this weekend's Veterans Day observances were marked by actions in support of increasing medical marijuana access for America's heroes.

The decision comes just a week after the American Legion released a survey finding that 81 percent of military veteran households "want to have cannabis as a federally-legal treatment".