The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the...

The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most-dangerous drugs, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses. Credit: Getty Images / Pablo Porciuncula

“Med pot options” [News, Aug. 31] gives hope to individuals across New York State who suffer from chronic debilitating diseases.

Access to medical marijuana is long overdue. While I applaud the news that the medical marijuana program will be expanded, the adage still prevails: Actions speak louder than words.

My son has a severe seizure disorder called Lennox-Gastaut. He lives in an intermediate care facility. I’m not a medical professional, but I have worked with his neurologist for 41 years to try to keep his seizures under control.

Yes, nurse practitioners should be certified to prescribe medical marijuana, much as they can write prescriptions for Ativan, Xanax, Valium, etc. Expanding the number of dispensaries across the state is a must. Families should not have to travel hours for patients having seizures or experiencing excruciating pain. A home-delivery system allows diabetic patients to receive supplies. Why not medical marijuana?

My greatest concern is the slow pace of implementation of these changes. The Department of Health needs to establish time lines. Additional brands need to be explored and made available as quickly as possible. Disabled individuals in residential facilities must be guaranteed the same right of access as those residing at home with relatives.

Judy Eisman, Great Neck


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