Medical cannabis patients the world over gained a new ally Monday when the State of New York broadened its medical pot program to cover ‘any’ condition for which a doctor recommends the botanical drug.

Previously, only certain types of severe disease sufferers (ie cancer, HIV) could safely, legally access tested medical cannabinoids in The Empire State. But on Monday, The New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced the program is now open to patients for “any condition that the practitioner believes can be treated with medical cannabis.”

That’s a huge win for patient activists—who’ve long-maintained that science supports broader access to cannabinoids as a first-line treatment.

In California in 1996, activists pitched…

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