NY to Allow Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants to Recommend Medical Cannabis

Vickie Mathis
December 5, 2016

Hehr says Veterans Affairs and the Canadian Armed Forces are also launching a study on the medical effects of cannabis, adding that scientific research is inconclusive.

The Canadian government is limiting the amount of medical cannabis that veterans will be reimbursed for to three grams a day.

"In March of 2016, I was surprised to learn that Veterans Affairs Canada did not have a policy on marijuana for medical purposes", Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, said in a press release from his ministry. Aside from reducing the dosage to just 3 grams per day, the government is putting a hard cap on how much cannabis should cost - at $8.50 a gram.

Under special circumstances, veterans may be approved to attain more than three grams a day to "ensure their health and well-being through consultation with relevant medical specialists".

"I tasked my department with reviewing marijuana for medical purposes and this new reimbursement policy is the result".

A piece in the CBC brings the stigma surrounding medical marijuana into the spotlight, but particularly with veterans' cannabis use in mind.

Under New York's 2014 Compassionate Care Act, medical marijuana can be used to treat 10 serious illnesses and conditions, including cancer, HIV and AIDS, Lou Gehrig's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, epilepsy, some spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis.

NYSDOH announced it filed amendments to the Medical Use of Marijuana regulations that will authorize nurse practitioners to register with the Department to certify patients for medical marijuana as of the end of November.

Other reports by MyHealthBowl

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