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NY to allow medical marijuana as treatment for chronic pain

Chronic pain will be added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in New York. (SBG file photo)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHAM) - Chronic pain will be added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in New York.

The announcement was made Thursday by the New York State Department of Health.

The Department said it will work on a proposal for a regulatory amendment, which will include language specifying the chronic pain conditions that would qualify for medical marijuana.

Ten conditions currently qualify for medical marijuana treatment in New York. Those are cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, and Huntington's disease.

"After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature, it became clear that there may be certain benefits in the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain," said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

Last month, amendments were filed to allow nurse practitioners and physician's assistants to certify patients for medical marijuana use.

The two-year report with more recommendations for updates to the Medical Use of Marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act can be found online.

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