New York Will Likely Be The 23rd State To Approve Legalization Of Medical Reefer

Some of these cases are the most heart wrenching cases you’ve ever heard. You’re dealing with children with epilepsy, babies, so there are certainly significant medical benefits that can be garnered.But, he added,public health and public safety must be considered. As a result, smoking will not be allowed and only doctors will administer the program. The patchwork of state medical marijuana laws are dramatically different in their restrictions.

Minnesota passed a restrictive medical marijuana law last month that similarly bans smoking of the drug, while Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Monday signed a very limited law, which as in seven other states only allows for products with low levels of its active chemical THC, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures . (Florida and the seven others are not included in the overall count of those that allow medical marijuana.) States also differ greatly on the diseases that qualify a patient for access to the drug.

Just three states allow marijuana for arthritis, anorexia or Parkinson’s disease, six for post-traumatic stress disorder, 20 for glaucoma and HIV and 22 for AIDS and cancer, according to Law Atlas , a project of Public Health Law Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New York’s law would grant access to marijuana to those suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s Disease,and other diseases. Currently 41 percent of the U.S. population lives in states that allow medical marijuana.

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