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Senate passes bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD treatment

Senate passes bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD treatment

June 20, 2017 04:17 PM

The New York State Senate passed a bill to give people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder access to medical marijuana.

Tuesday, the legislation passed 50-13 in the senate. It passed the Assembly last month. 

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The bipartisan bill is headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk.

“Military veterans, first responders, and victims who have survived assault all deserve society’s respect and the best available treatments; they should not have to abandon their homes and move to another state in order to seek access to medical marijuana,” said Michael Krawitz, executive director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, wrote in a statement. “This is compassionate and commonsense legislation that is widely supported by the public as well as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.”

The Marijuana Policy Project says New York would be the 27th state to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions.

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