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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently rolled out a medical marijuana program in that state to allow people with specific medical disabilities, conditions, or ailments to obtain marijuana as a treatment for their conditions. This pilot program would be one of the most restrictive in the entire nation, and is being established on a very limited basis, with less than two dozen hospitals having the ability to prescribe and/or dispense medical marijuana to patients.
A study reveals that the majority of New Yorkers are opposed to establishing recreational use laws as Colorado and Washington have done, and nearly half of those polled feel that the pilot program should be skipped and the state should go ahead and legalize medical marijuana on a widespread basis.
The governor's pilot program in New York would allow hospital physicians to prescribe and dispense medical marijuana to patients who are suffering from chronic pain, various forms of cancer, glaucoma, and other issues for which most other medical marijuana states are providing the drug.
New York's move will add it to the growing list of states in the U.S. that are allowing medical marijuana use. As yet, only Colorado and Washington have made recreational use of marijuana legal on a statewide basis, and it doesn't appear that many other states will be following in their footsteps in the immediate future. Despite state laws permitting medical marijuana use, however, it still remains illegal on a federal level and there is no change anticipated in federal law.
About the Author
Amir Ghanouni is the Owner of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Amir believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.