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April 3, 2014

In Your Opinion: New Yorkers deserve access to cannabis

Thanks so much for your recent editorial supporting medical cannabis in New York. New Yorkers still do not have access to this medicine, despite compelling evidence of its efficacy for treating pain, insomnia, the loss of appetite and nausea associated with treatments for cancer and AIDS, and a host of other ailments. 

We can rest assured that research shows that some problems related to marijuana are especially rare in medical users. National surveys reveal that that teen use does not increase in medical marijuana states. In addition, new vaporizer technology prevents respiratory problems that might accompany smoking. I look forward to the day when people suffering from illness here in New York can have the same treatment options as American citizens who reside in the 20 other states that permit medical cannabis.

Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D.

Slingerlands

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