Many women turn to over-the-counter medications to alleviate their symptoms, but New York state may be on the verge of revolutionary treatment for period pain. The New York State Assembly proposed a bill that would add dysmenorrhea, or severe period pain, to the list of covered conditions for the lawful use of medical marijuana. That’s right, New York women may soon be able to use prescription marijuana to ease their cramps.
Right now, marijuana is legal in New York for the treatment of a number of conditions including Parkinson’s disease, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis. The proposed bill, number 582, will go into law if it is approved by Senate and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“This is a woman’s health issue and for years women have suffered in silence. There’s Midol. You can take Advil, but really nothing more,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who introduced the bill, told Newsweek. “Men have really been [the ones] who’ve run state houses, governorships, presidencies, and some issues that are just about women have gotten shortchanged and that’s because it’s not in men’s everyday consciousness.”