Sunday, November 12, 2017

On Veteran's Day weekend the state of New York finally approves marijuana use for Vets with PTSD

In the wake of President Donald Trump's 'war on opiods', and the rising need for both states and the medical industry to deal with the casualties of war in the Middle East, on Nov. 12 the state of New York finally signed a law approving the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of soldiers who have comeback from conflicts diagnosed with PTSD.

Veterans and other people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder can now obtain medical marijuana as treatment. 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday signed a bill allowing people with PTSD to obtain medical marijuana with a doctor's authorization. 
The bill, which goes into effect immediately, adds PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions patients must have to access medical marijuana. 
The bill is aimed at veterans as well as police officers, fire fighters and survivors of domestic and other violence. Cuomo's sign-off comes at the urging of veterans' groups. New York Upstate
Besides being an alternative to opiods, marijuana also will function as an alternative to the myriad of psychotropic drugs previously used to treat PTSD which have been documented to be the primary cause of suicide and even homicidal tendencies by the users.

After years of failed medical assistance for returning Vets under both the Bush and Obama administrations through the VA, it is a welcome boon to see more and more states allowing soldiers many more options to help themselves to restore their lives after years of warfare and mental anguish.  And perhaps this move by the state of New York could end up being one of the best gifts possible for military men and women on this Veteran's Day weekend.

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