Introduced in July 2014, New York’s medical marijuana program has been a work in progress from the get-go. The state recently announced an expansion to its program that is beginning to open the door to improved patient access. These changes included adding chronic pain and PTSD to its list of qualifying medical conditions. Chronic pain, on its own, is already responsible for more than 7,500 new patients joining New York’s MMJ program.
This is a step forward for the state that was once criticized for its strict rules. Similarly so, New York recently took steps to end some of the issues plaguing patients and medical professionals alike. Unfortunately, many problems still remain, including woes that can only be addressed by certain segments of the pipeline. This means politicians, medical professionals, and even patients are needed to help bridge the gaps in the state’s medical cannabis program.