Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation that will provide seriously ill patients with emergency access to medical marijuana before the state’s new medical marijuana program starts in January.
The bill approved today will speed up access to medical marijuana if a patient’s health condition is progressive and degenerative, or if delaying the use of the drug would pose a serious risk to a patient’s life or health.
Under the emergency access program, the state Health Department is required to register additional organizations to produce medical marijuana quickly, including out-of-state companies already making the drug.
“I deeply sympathize with New Yorkers suffering from serious illness and I appreciate that medical marijuana may alleviate their chronic pain and debilitating symptoms,” Cuomo said in a memo. [Read more at Syracuse.com]
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