On Veterans Day the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that adds Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis patient status. This means that Veterans in the state as well as all others who suffer from PTSD can now legally choose cannabis as a treatment option rather than harmful pharmaceuticals, with a recommendation from their healthcare provider of course. This excited Granny because I know firsthand what it is like to live with PTSD. I am very thrilled that citizens of New York who suffer from this lifechanging condition will have safe legal access to cannabis, a plant that I know personally helps amazingly for treating PTSD!
As Bob Becker from the NY State Council of Veterans Organizations stated, “PTSD is a serious problem facing our state [New York], and now we have one more tool available to alleviate suffering.” PTSD is a very serious problem in the state of New York. In fact, according to statistics there are nearly 19,000 New Yorkers who have been diagnosed with PTSD. Many of these individuals are veterans, police officers and survivors of accidents or other traumatic events.
State Representative Richard Gottfried stated that the signing of the bill by Cuomo “reflects growing recognition of the value of medical marijuana, and is another welcome step in the expanding and strengthening of New York’s medical marijuana program.” Granny couldn’t agree more and I hope to see the momentum continue in the state of New York until every patient that could benefit from cannabis can access it legally and safely!