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Does chronic pain qualify me for medical cannabis in New York?


Yes. Based on the findings of a two-year report on the "Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act" by the New York Department of Health, chronic pain was added to the list of conditions that qualify someone for access to medical cannabis in March 2017. Chronic pain is defined as "any severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability; where the patient has contraindications" (meaning the patient has a specific condition/situation in which a therapy normally recommended to manage chronic pain shouldn’t be used because it may be harmful to that patient), "has experienced intolerable side effects, or has experienced failure of one or more previously tried therapeutic options; and where there is documented medical evidence of such pain having lasted three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipates such pain to last three months or more beyond onset."

annapoulin


Hi there! Chronic pain was added to the list of conditions that qualify someone to access medical cannabis in March 2017. Chronic pain can be defined as "any severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability; where the patient has contraindications (meaning the patient has a specific condition/situation in which a therapy normally recommended to manage chronic pain shouldn’t be used because it may be harmful to that patient); has experienced intolerable side effects, or has experienced failure of one or more previously tried therapeutic options; and where there is documented medical evidence of such pain having last three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipates such pain to last three months or more beyond onset."

Source: https://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2017/2017-03-16_medical_marijuana_enhancements.htm

VeronicaB


Yes. Based on the findings of a two-year report on the "Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act" by the New York Department of Health, chronic pain was added to the list of conditions that qualify someone for access to medical cannabis in March 2017. Chronic pain is defined as "any severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability; where the patient has contraindications" (meaning the patient has a specific condition/situation in which a therapy normally recommended to manage chronic pain shouldn’t be used because it may be harmful to that patient), "has experienced intolerable side effects, or has experienced failure of one or more previously tried therapeutic options; and where there is documented medical evidence of such pain having lasted three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipates such pain to last three months or more beyond onset."

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