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New York to allow those prescribed opioids to request marijuana instead

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - - New York state will soon allow anyone prescribed an opioid to request medical marijuana instead.

The state's Department of Health announced the move on Thursday, with officials saying that medical marijuana can be an effective pain treatment without the risk of addiction that comes with opioids.

Other conditions that already make a person eligible for medical marijuana in New York include chronic pain, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder.


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