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Medical marijuana may not benefit New York’s poor patients

 IPS 09 February 2019

A bill which will bring medical marijuana to New York State in 2016 will leave the treatment inaccessible to low-income patients, community groups warn. Concerns have been raised about the proposed regulations, including access for low income patients, and the small number of illnesses – just 10 - which qualify for the treatment. There is no requirement that insurance cover medical marijuana, patients must buy vaporisers to use the drug and a registration fee is also required. Some 23 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalised cannabis for medical use, and four allow its recreational use. (1086 Words) - By Roger Hamilton-Martin


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A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, November 27, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

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An unidentified person shows off a marijuana crop at an indoor grow house in Humboldt County, California.Credit: REUTERS/Alexandria Sage

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Lance, who asked not to use his last name, smokes marijuana he is legally allowed to grow in his East Vancouver home April 26, 2019. Lance, who has tested positive to HIV, Hepatitis B & C and Epstein Barr Virus, uses the marijuana to help relive pain, nausea and lack of appetite.Credit: REUTERS/Andy Clark

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