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New York Finally Provides Its Veterans Some Relief

The people of New York have had to deal with a very limited and expensive medical marijuana program for the last three years. Considering New York City is one of the major economic hubs of the world, it’s rather surprising that it has not done more embrace the cannabis industry or been able to provide its people a reasonable medical marijuana program.

However, the state may now be loosening up and on its way to providing a truly viable medical marijuana program. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo elected to celebrate Veteran’s Day by adding PTSD as one of qualifying conditions to receive a medical marijuana card. Do you think New York will also find a way to provide medical marijuana to its veterans affordably?

NEW YORK – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Saturday that adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.

The governor nearly 20,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana. He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans, as well as police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents.

“We have tremendous respect and honor and gratitude for what the veterans have done for this country,” he said.

Cuomo also signed a bill Saturday to provide more days off to combat veterans employed by the state and another waiving the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged.

“Part of our commitment to do everything we can do,” he said. “If there are veterans who are suffering and we can make a treatment available, we want to.”

The governor said the legislation will help give veterans “every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home.”

Those who served can now show their pride with new license plates called the honor series, featuring military logos and the American flag.

 

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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