Sun Times 13 January 2016
New York’s medical marijuana program rolled out Jan. 6 with one of the strictest programs of all 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana.
New York’s medical marijuana law only allows non-smokable forms of marijuana, such as edibles or liquids that can be ingested orally, and patients are not allowed to grow their own cannabis at home.
Only a handful of “severe, debilitating or life threatening” health conditions are currently eligible for medical marijuana treatment in New York.
On Monday, New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced that the state would not be expanding its list of medical marijuana eligible health conditions to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia or rheumatoid arthritis, as reported by High Times.
Zucker said more evidence was needed before health officials could add these conditions to the state’s list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions.