Anyone who has done the slightest bit of research on the medicinal benefits of cannabis understands that it has vast potential to help patients who are suffering from a variety of disorders. Unfortunately, age-old drug prohibition laws prevent far too many patients from accessing the plant medicine. Perhaps the most notable of places where cannabis medicine would be beneficial is in hospitals, where human suffering is far too commonplace.
Many medical professionals and doctors would agree that patients should be given the option to treat their ailments with cannabis medicine. Unfortunately, most hospitals in legal states don’t allow cannabis anywhere on the premises, mostly due to federal prohibition. New York State hospitals are beginning to help push back against the harmful effects of prohibition.
According to Syracuse.com, the state will soon let patients use medical cannabis in hospitals. Under a regulation proposed by the state Health Department, hospitals will finally be allowed to implement policies that allow patients use medical cannabis tinctures, or have their caregivers administer it. The regulation should go into effect in February as part of an effort by the state to allegedly expand New York’s medical program. Smoking medical cannabis will not be permitted, however, as the medical sale of smokeable flowers is still prohibited.
The policy directive comes as a bit of a surprise to cannabis activists and advocates, as the state of New York has one of the strictest medical programs in the nation. Baby steps are better than no steps at all, so the surprise is a welcomed one.
If successful, this policy directive could set a standard for other medical states to follow. Using medical cannabis is a huge risk for patients that don’t have access to it, even in legal states. As we finally peel back the layers of the failed and antiquated war on drugs, we should begin to see more polices like this one.
What are your thoughts on this policy directive? Will it be a successful one, or will it fail? Will more states allow the usage of medical cannabis in hospitals? Let us know in the comments section and let’s keep this important conversation going.
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