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Many New York Patients Can’t Afford The Medical Marijuana They Need

For some New York patients who have found a cure or respite for their ills in marijuana, their hope has been tempered by the high costs of controlled version of the drug. Tashana Small, for example, told PIX11 she pays nearly $500 a month for medical marijuana for her 27-year-old daughter, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy.

“Anyone with Lennox Gasault can have 50 to 100 seizures a day,” Small said. Drug after drug failed to relieve her daughter until she tried medical marijuana.

“This is something that’s given her more seizure control than any medication we have ever given her, ever,” Small said. “She’s never been seizure free. Never. Until she started taking medical marijuana.”

But the drug is prohibitively expensive for Small, who says she receives subsidies for other medications for her daughter but not for marijuana.

“It makes me feel very inadequate,” she said. “In 27 years, this is first time I’ve seen major difference in her condition. I just feel very inadequate.”

There is some reason for optimism. You can now have medical marijuana delivered in New York, which will save Small the six-hour round trip she makes to Queens to pick up her daughter’s prescription.


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