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Medical Marijuana in New York state
The state Department of Health on Dec. 1 decided to expand the allowable uses of medical marijuana to include chronic pain. Other qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV infections or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, spinal cord damage with intractable spasticity, and Huntington's disease.
Nurse practitioners have been allowed to certify patients for medical marijuana therapies since Nov. 30 after they registered with the state and completed an online cannabis education course.
As of Dec. 19 there were 790 medical professionals registered with the state program. The health department had 11,596 patients registered, also as of Dec. 19.
Hospitals are still waiting on guidance from the DOH for implementing policies that would allow for the use of medical cannabis while admitted. The DOH said, "We are developing proposed regulatory amendments, that would make it easier for hospitals to create policies and procedures to allow certified patients to self-administer approved medical marijuana products."