ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York Department of Health announced that chronic pain will be added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
The department says it will develop a proposed regulatory amendment that will specify the chronic pain conditions that would qualify for medical marijuana. The proposed amendment will be published for public comment.
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 A. Zucker. “Medical marijuana is already helping thousands of patients across New York State, and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the program.”
The other ten qualifying conditions 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.