After months of serious debate, New York has become the latest state to approve marijuana for medical purposes. The passing of the bill comes just a year after Colorado passed a bill allowing recreational marijuana use. Other states which have already approved medical marijuana use include Connecticut and New Jersey.
Although the bill was officially passed by the state senate on Friday, the law will likely take more than a year to fully become effective.
However, New York State has placed many restrictions on the use of the drug, far more restrictions than were used in Colorado. For one, the drug will not be available in a smokeable form. Instead, the drug will only be available in pill form, vaporized form, or in an oil-based form.
Patients will have to have a specific condition or disease, defined on a specific list on the bill, in order to gain access to the drug. Medical marijuana has been known to be useful for conditions including seizures, including those caused by epilepsy, and certain illnesses, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis (MS), AIDS, as well as lung and prostate cancers. The drug has been known to alleviate common symptoms of these conditions, including nausea, vomiting, and severe pains.
Naturally, not everyone with these conditions will be considered a good candidate for marijuana use. It will be up to a patient's doctor to determine whether or not they are a good candidate for using the drug.
Although medical marijuana use has now been approved in New York State, there is still much debate over the approval. Many medical professionals and others believe that marijuana is still a dangerous drug, which may carry health risks such as damage to the lungs or immune system. The drug may also impair a person's memory to ability to function in a healthy manner.
While many people believe this bill being passed is a sign of progress, the overall success of this new legislation remains to be seen in the coming months.