New York still hasn’t decided whether it’s going to OK medical marijuana, but more developments across the U.S. suggest that it’s spreading — though with some legal blowback from the U.S. courts and feds.
New reports from Arizona indicate that the state is actively contemplating expanding its med marijuana program to include a wide variety of ailments, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome and migraines, the Associated Press reports.
The move comes as a result of the 2010 prescription pot law. Voters not only approved the polemic plant for things like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, chronic pain, muscle spasms and hepatitis C, but required that The Department of Health Services weigh whether it should expand treatment.
Other maladies under consideration include depression and general anxiety disorder, the AP notes.
The Department is holding a hearing today to discuss these proposed changes.
Seventeen states allow medical marijuana use.
Though more seem slated to approve similar measures, a recent court decision in California — which said that medical marijuana bans don’t violate the Americans With Disabilities Act — puts to question whether dispensaries can weather law enforcement crackdowns. However, pressure has built in the Empire State to enact these laws, most recently with Judge Gustin Reichbach’s plea on human rights grounds.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 25, 2012