I received the following action alert out of New York:
The New York Department of Health (DOH) has issued a proposed regulation that would allow medical marijuana to be used to treat chronic pain, which is great news. Unfortunately, the proposed rule would compel patients to try a more dangerous treatment — opioid painkillers — and then fail or be harmed by it before qualifying for the safer alternative of medical marijuana.
Please let DOH know that patients and their physicians should not be required to try more dangerous medications before qualifying for the state program, nor should the definition of pain be so restrictive that many patients are excluded and forced to use more dangerous medications. You can also click here for the full text of the rules, and then submit your own comments.
The deadline for submitting public comments is Monday, February 6, so please make your voice heard. Please also forward this message to other compassionate New Yorkers so that they too can ask DOH to take action to address the opioid crisis by making medical marijuana more accessible.
Kate M. Bell, Esq.
Marijuana Policy Project
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