In recent years, marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in two states and has been legalized for medicinal use in more than 20 states. New York is soon to be the 21st state that will legalize for medicinal use.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State address that there will soon be 20 hospitals throughout New York that will have the ability to distribute and oversee the use of medical marijuana for cancer and glaucoma patients.
Even though medical marijuana is a sensitive subject, it should be legalized because of the medicinal purposes it can carry. Legalization in New York could be extremely helpful to those who have serious illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, or multiple sclerosis. Chemotherapy leaves patients feeling nauseated and exhausted; therefore, medical marijuana would help with most of these side effects.
The two most active ingredients in medical cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) can be used to treat and help with the pain caused by the stressful radiation that cancer patients go through.
During the State of the State address Governor Andrew Cuomo informed New York citizens that soon there may be 20 hospitals throughout New York that will have the ability to distribute and oversee the use of medical marijuana for cancer and glaucoma patients.
After 21 state governments have found a way to distribute medical marijuana safely for the ones who need it, it’s time for New York to step up. The leaders of New York should provide a smart and safe way to form medical marijuana laws.