New York lawmakers believe it’s time to let women treat menstrual cramps with the help of cannabis.
The New York Assembly’s Health Committee passed an initiative last week to add dysmenorrhea — the medical term for severe period pain — to the state’s list of approved conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use, reports Newsweek.
“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,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal to 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.”
Rosenthal, who introduced the bill, says she was inspired to draft the bill after a discussion with daytime television host Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg is a co-owner of a line of medical marijuana products made specifically to relieve menstrual pain.
“I met with a force of a woman named Whoopi Goldberg, and she’s been a longtime expert on medical marijuana….