Medical marijuana will soon be available to New Yorkers suffering from chronic pain.

The state Health Department said Thursday it is developing regulations to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with chronic pain, although it has yet to define what symptoms will qualify as chronic pain.

“Medical marijuana is already helping thousands of patients across New York state, and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the program,” state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement.

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