This post is part of the series Examining the Use of Medical Marijuana for ASD Treatment.
As written the current New York State medical marijuana law does not include ASD in the list of conditions that may be treated with medical marijuana. The following are the only conditions for which medical marijuana use is approved in New York State:
· positive status for HIV or AIDS
· Parkinson’s disease
· multiple sclerosis
· damage to the nervous tissues of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
· inflammatory bowel disease
· Huntington’s disease
Included in the New York state legislation is a provision that this list may be amended at will. The legislation also spells out other conditions not necessarily specific to a disease that may be treated with medical marijuana. These include:
· cachexia or wasting syndrome
· severe chronic pain
· severe nausea
· severe or persistent muscle spasm
Again there is the provision that this list may be amended at will. Furthermore, there is a provision to consider adding the following conditions to the approved medical marijuana conditions list after 18 months:
· muscular dystrophy
· post-traumatic stress disorder
· rheumatoid arthritis
The law does not provide any guidelines as to how to evaluate a given condition for potential inclusion in the approved medical marijuana conditions list.
Patients and providers will be required to be certified and to register in order to prescribe, dispense, and use only those medical marijuana products approved by the state. Certified patients will be required to carry registration cards identifying themselves as certified users of medical marijuana or they will risk prosecution pursuant to existing laws regarding illegal drugs. There is enumerated in the bill regulations for those designated as caregivers of certified patients.
There are also provisions in the law requiring manufacturers and providers to register to manufacture and to provide medical marijuana products. The law also requires these companies to submit their products to laboratory testing in labs approved by the state. It is not clear what standards regarding reporting of levels of active ingredients, content labeling, and reporting of adverse effects manufacturers will be subject to.
While the current legislation does not require insurers to cover medical marijuana the cost of various medical marijuana preparations will be set by the state rather than the manufacturers producing the medical marijuana products. The majority of the language of the bill deals with managing the potential revenue generated by the manufacture and sale of medical marijuana products in New York state.
For more information see ASD and Medical Marijuana References.