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"At Columbia Care, we are proud to offer our portfolio of medical marijuana derived products that are safe, consistent and manufactured to stringent quality standards set by the New York Department of Health", said Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care.

In an effort to help thousands of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD will be added to the list of conditions covered for medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Veterans Day.

"New York is home to some of the bravest service members in the nation and in addition to residents suffering from PTSD due to other traumatic experiences, this legislation will ensure that everyone receives the effective treatment they deserve", she said in a statement.

Gottfried, sponsor of the bill, said, "Governor Cuomo's action reflects growing recognition of the value of medical marijuana, and is another welcome step in the expanding and strengthening of New York's medical marijuana program". "Part of our commitment to do everything we can do, if there are veterans who are suffering and if we can make the treatment available, we want to".

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Twenty-eight of the 29 states with medical marijuana programs will now allow patients with PTSD to qualify.

Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, "The fearless men and women who served our country deserve our full support, and by signing this legislation, Governor Cuomo is once again showing that NY stands with our veterans".

This was just one of many veteran-based bills Cuomo signed today; others include a bill to give state combat veterans more days off and a bill that waives the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged.

"In many ways, I think this country has not reciprocated", he said. "I was proud to sponsor this legislation and I commend Governor Cuomo for signing it and for all of our work to ensure NY supports veterans".


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