Medical Marijuana Will Be Available to Treat IBD Patients in New York City

Medical Marijuana Will Be Available to Treat IBD Patients in New York City

shutterstock_170034743Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is one of the few conditions that the state of New York allow to be treated by medical marijuana. The state Health Department has released the final regulations regarding its medical marijuana program to be implemented next January, which will feature the same number of restrictions as previously announced.

The final regulations presented by the Health Department for the medical marijuana program did not undergo major alterations from the state proposal issued last December. In January 2016, the state is expected to authorize the use of non-smokeable versions of marijuana, which includes ingested or vaporized forms of the drug, for the treatment of IBD, cancer, HIV/AIS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord damage, epilepsy, neuropathies and Huntington’s disease.

The state will also provide licenses to five organizations in order to grow and dispense marijuana to state-regulated dispensaries.

However, a series of advocate groups were expecting different news, including not only the indications covered by the regulation, but also a series of additional diseases and conditions. Among the most important arguments among these groups are to expand the number of dispensaries, which at present only includes 20 facilities and may obligate patients to drive for hours in order to have access to the medical treatment.

“New York State recognizes that possession and use of marijuana is illegal in the United States. However, the State also recognizes the benefit in making available medical marijuana to qualified individuals with debilitating and life threatening illnesses and conditions,” stated the summary document published on the website of the department. “To that end, the Compassionate Care Act is balanced legislation that ensures appropriate access through comprehensive regulations and safeguards.”

“Expanding the initial set of regulations would have subjected the State to unnecessary scrutiny and jeopardized the program’s ability to move forward in any meaningful manner. The Compassionate Care Act and the proposed regulations strike the required balance by implementing a strong and effective medical marijuana program in New York State,” it adds.

The health department also addressed the arguments from the advocate groups, leaving the door open to adding additional indications, as well as more dispensaries in the future. Regarding concerns about the ability of low income patients to afford the therapy, since the state health commissioner is required by the regulation to set a price for the marijuana, the department reaffirmed the prohibition to distribute free products, however, a charity program may be considered in the future.

In addition, the state health department explained that practitioners will have to complete a 4-hour course, which will be made available online, according to the Compassionate Care Act in order to receive a certification. Groups voiced concern regarding the education requirements for the practitioners, which are licensed physicians, as well as the exclusion of health care practitioners. The state will also consider the addition of nurse practitioners for the program.

Medical marijuana is used in several cultures to treat pain and cramps, and while the secondary effects of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease include stress, disturbed sleep, anxiety and loss of appetite, the drug is thought to help with the symptoms. There are already other states in which IBD patients are able to use medical marijuana, including Arizona, where the leading medical dispensary of marijuana, The Giving Tree Wellness Center recently announced it was joining the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to take part at its Take Steps event on April 11.

3 comments

  1. PhDScientist says:

    For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death. Its critical that Marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 immediately. Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President get that to happen, to protect the health and safety of Americans that need Medical Marijuana. Ask everyone else you know to call them too.

    I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research. The clinical evidence of the value of Marijuana as a life saving medicine is now so strong that the need to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 has become a moral imperative. Google Medical Marijuana testimonials. Google Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Testimonials.

    This weekend over 3,000 Americans died, in pain, of Cancer. Every single day, 1,500 Americans die of Cancer after suffering horribly. it. Every single minute another American dies of Cancer. Every American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, and economical access to Medical Marijuana. Every single one.
    Americans who need Medical Marijuana shouldn’t be used as “Political Footballs” Please call the Whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President take immediate action to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 so American Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it.

    Oncologists have know it for more than a quarter of a Century that Marijuana is a “wonder drug” for helping Cancer patients
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    The American Society of Clinical Oncologists wants Marijuana removed from Schedule 1. So does the American Medical Association, the professional society of all Physicians. A strong majority of Americans want Physicians in all 50 states to be able to prescribe Medical Marijuana. So do their Physicians., Cancer patients can’t wait.
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    The need to immediately, completely, legalize Marijuana throughout the world is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time, because of its medical benefits and because of the damage prohibition causes to America and to the world.

    Complete legalization is critical — its vital that there aren’t “strings” or “hoops” that Cancer patients and others who need Medical Marijuana are forced to jump through
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    “Charlottes web” is NOT the solution. Cancer patients and people who suffer from chronic pain need THC, not just CBD. The “Berkeley study”, where 96% of stage 4 Cancer patients who had a wide variety of Cancers achieved remission, used high dose Medical Marijuana oil, 72% THC, 28% CBD, 1 gram/day (oral) over a 90 day course of treatment. It was a small study, and not placebo controlled, but those kinds of results are clearly remarkable, have been widely reported on in the press, and demand the need for immediate large scale clinical trials.

    More and more present and former members of law enforcement agree about the need to end prohibition, and have formed a rapidly expanding group of current and former undercover cops, FBI, DEA, prosecutors and Judges, from all over the world, called

    LEAP — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

    because they’ve seen the damage prohibition causes to America and the world.

    I’m a Scientist. Not a politician, not a cop.

    But as a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research, I feel even more strongly about the need to ensure that no Cancer patient is denied it, because I’m so impressed with its benefits for Cancer patients.

    I urge everyone reading this to PLEASE call and email the Attorney General, the press, Congress and the President today.

    Medical Marijuana helps with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Cancer, seizures, PTSD and chronic pain, and has helped many Americans, including many veterans, stop using Alcohol, and hard drugs, both legal and illegal ones.

    Every minute an American dies of Cancer.

    Every 19 minutes an American dies of a prescription drug overdose.

    Many vets become addicted to prescription opiates and die from them.

    NOBODY has ever died from smoking too much pot.

    Cancer patients are seeing remarkable results using high dose Medical Marijuana oil, in many cases achieving complete remission, even for stage 4 cancers — there are many excellent articles on the web, and videos on youtube with patient’s personal stories about their experiences with it — and every Cancer patient that uses Marijuana to ease their suffering benefits greatly from doing so.

    It is immoral to leave Marijuana illegal, for anyone, for even a second longer.

    For Cancer patients, its a matter of life and death.

    Cancer patients can’t wait.

    Medical Marijuana has an unmatched safety profile, and for people who suffer from so many diseases, of so many kinds, its a medical miracle — and the scientific evidence behind it is rock solid.

    For Cancer patients, Medical Marijuana encourages apoptosis and autophagy of Cancer cells, while leaving normal cells untouched, is anti-angigogenic, anti-proliferative, and is anti-angiogenic.

    Its also synergistic with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, making both more effective.
    For many Cancer patients its meant the difference between life and death.

    For everyone else, its a far safer alternative to Alcohol, and infinitely safer than Cigarettes.

    Either take them off the market too, or legalize Marijuana right now.

    2016 is too far away, Its too long to wait. Every year we lose more Americans to Cancer than died in WWII.

    Between now and the 2016 elections, roughly 1 MILLION Americans will die of Cancer.

    And Its a horrible way to die.

  2. Anca Vander says:

    Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer in June last year and after surgery, everything that could be seen was taken. I tried chemo for 2 weeks and had no control of my bowel for another 3 weeks. Never will have chemo again! I have just had 7 months with my daughter in United states where I was able to obtain and take 60 grams of hemp oil from phoenix tears plus E-mail( phoenixtearsplus@aol.com ) Fortunately, the latest CT scan sees there is no tumors in my lung and liver and the cancer have disappear. That was how hemp oil kill my cancer and relief my pain.

    • K says:

      I’m so very happy for you that you survived and you took the alternative better route. But you have to make sure that you are giving the right information. For I was lucky enough to obtained the correct medicine that cured my mothers lung cancer/ emphysema with the correct ratio hash oil 94%THC & 2% CBD which puts the cancer mutant cells to sleep and they die off themselves without touching any good cells/tissue. it is a special breed of Indica female ,which raw form is over 40% THC before the bud is it stripped of its hash into a condensed tar like substance. I hear People complain all of the time because the oil didn’t save them from their cancer. Well that is because they either bought it over the Internet or tried to make it from The shit they block from either their dealers h off the street or there homegrown bud !!dummies! This is how people die because they don’t do their homework. because they need to know that you cannot buy the correct cancer fighting medicine over the Internet from website companies or these websites would be shut down left and right . You have to go deeper than that and do your homework to get through the right people and connections. So do not buy anything over the Internet unless you’re buying CBD oil which is CW Oil from the Stanley Brothers and only them! charlottes web oil can be bought through the Internet ‘CW botanicals’ , “Realm of care” which can answer any questions you might have about charlottes web oil. . But anyone else claiming they have the RSO oil or anything close to that, are a bunch of piggybackers and posers.

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