Subsequent to the state Health Department agreed to loosen strict qualification rule, thousands of New Yorkers who have problems with chronic pain will be able to get relief with medical marijuana. The DOH will develop a proposed regulatory amendment, that may contain language defining the long-term pain conditions that will qualify for medical cannabis.
“After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature, it became clear that there could be particular advantages in the usage of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain,” Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said. “Medical pot has already been helping tens of thousands of patients across New York State, and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the plan.”
The company that operates the Queens Patient Center in Elmhurst, at Vireo Health New York, the single dispensary of cannabis-based medicine merchandises,, executives were pleased the program will probably be enlarged.
“The statement is welcome news for New Yorkers experiencing persistent pain,” Vireo Health of Ny CEO Ari Hoffnung said. “Patients fighting pain deserve it and more treatment choices is our hope that medical cannabis can help address one of the greatest public health challenges confronting our State — the opioid disaster.”
Cannabis-based medications are seen as a much better option for relieving chronic pain than opioid drugs that have serious side effects, addictive and are dangerous.
The pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based products distributed at the Queens Patient Center, situated at 89-55 Queens Blvd., comes in pills, vaporized oils and sprays dispensed by licensed pharmacists.
“We will continue to advocate for measures that enhance patient access to medical cannabis that is dependable and safe and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers affected by life threatening and debilitating diseases.”
Vireo Health of New York was awarded one of five licenses in the state to make and provide the cannabis-based products under the state’s Compassionate Care Act that was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014. Distribution of the drugs is conducted according to a very strict protocol under the auspices of the state Board of Health. Get more details on chronic pain at chronic pain forums