— New York announced today it will allow physician assistants to prescribe medical marijuana as long as their supervising physician is registered with the state to prescribe the drug. The state authorized nurse practitioners in November to prescribe medical marijuana. The state Health Department said authorizing physician assistants will help patients by increasing the number of eligible practitioners, particularly in many rural counties where fewer doctors are available. Physician assistants who want to prescribe medical marijuana must complete a state-approved course. The state also announced that chronic pain will be added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana on March 22. Medical marijuana is currently only available in New York Marijuana Stocks to patients with these conditions: cancer, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy and Huntington’s disease. In addition to one of those conditions, patients also must have one or more of these complications: wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms. New York has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the nation. The state has been changing the program to make it easier to get medical marijuana in New York. Contact James T.