On the national front, however, reform has come even slower. Just this past August, the US Drug Enforcement Agency reaffirmed marijuana's classification as a Schedule I drug -- effectively rejecting the idea of a proven medical benefit of using the stuff -- though the agency did sign off on new research into the subject. Nonetheless, an increasing number of US states continue to support marijuana reform efforts. Last month, voters in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana approved new medical marijuana measures, while voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada endorsed recreational legalization as well.
Despite New York State's new policy, you should probably still wait to schedule an appointment with your doctor. The forthcoming regulatory amendment "will include language specifying the chronic pain conditions that would qualify for medical marijuana," so the jury is still out on whether walking to work in high heels is a qualifying condition.