On March 22nd, chronic pain became a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in New York. Regarding the expansion of New York's medical marijuana program, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker commented, "Improving patient access to medical marijuana continues to be one of our top priorities, as it has been since the launch of the program." As many may have expected, this addition substantially increased the number of patients potentially qualified for NY's medical marijuana program.
As of August 8th's data, there are 26,561 certified patients and 1,155 registered practitioners participating in New York's medical marijuana program. Since the addition of chronic pain in late March, the number of certified patients has increased by 11,569. This amounts to an increase of roughly 77%.