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A11011 Summary:

BILL NOA11011B
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08987-A
 
SPONSORRules (Gottfried)
 
COSPNSRLupardo, Rosenthal L, Epstein, Espinal
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 3360, Pub Health L
 
Relates to allowing for the use of medical marihuana as an alternative to opioids for pain management and substance use disorder.
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A11011 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A11011B
 
SPONSOR: Rules (Gottfried)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to allowing for the use of medical marihuana as an alternative to opioids for pain management and substance use disorder   PURPOSE: To allow physicians to certify patients for medical marijuana as an alternative to prescribing opioids   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends section 3360 of the public health law, which lists conditions eligible for medical marijuana. Adds substance use disorder and pain that degrades health and functional capability where the use of medical marijuana is an alternative to opioid use. Section 2. Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: With the ongoing opioid abuse crisis, it is important that physicians be able to offer alternatives to opioids for pain management. Medical mari- juana is a safer alternative and many certified patients currently use it to treat pain under existing law and regulations. State regulations (1004.2) currently allow certification of patients for medical marijuana if they have pain that degrades health and functional capability along with certain additional requirements. This bill adds eligibility for patients with such pain whose use of medical marijuana is as an alterna- tive to opioids. It will also add substance use disorder to the list of conditions for which a doctor may authorize medical marijuana use. This will allow for our state to offer proven harm reduction and treatment to those struggling with substance use disorder.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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