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Cuomo signs bill allowing medical marijuana as treatment for PTSD

Nov 13, 2017 12:02 am

Matthew Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sat., Nov. 11, signed a bill into law adding PTSD to a list of ailments that can be treated with medical marijuana under the state medical marijuana program. That list already includes cancer, HIV or AIDS, epilepsy and chronic pain. The bill signing coincided with Veterans Day. According to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, 7 percent to 8 percent of the U.S. population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Research on the effectiveness of medical marijuana as a PTSD treatment is limited. However, VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said earlier this year there may be some evidence it is beginning to be helpful. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential.