Gov. Cuomo signs bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

Leslie Hanson
November 13, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Veterans Day to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. "And their sacrifice and their courage is the highest form of patriotism", said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo's signature on Savino's bill is not only great for New York's veterans, it will also benefit the state's overly anxious firefighters, police officers, and survivors of domestic abuse. By ensuring access to our medical marijuana products to those suffering from PTSD, we hope to take one step closer to fulfilling our mission of improving people lives.

According to the governor's office, around 19,000 patients with PTSD in NY could benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

Effective immediately, the Gov. signed the legislation into law Saturday allowing patients with PTSD to participate in New York's medical marijuana program.


PTSD is a serious condition that involves a person developing symptoms after experiencing traumatic stress, including anger, flashbacks, nightmares, night sweats, numbing, insomnia and avoidance, officials say.

Those who served can now show their pride with new license plates called the honor series, featuring military logos and the American flag.

Robert Brodsky is a Nassau County political reporter who has worked at Newsday since 2011.

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