Greg Zeman, Associate Editor at Cannabis Now, explains why medical marijuana use has tripled in the state of New York over the past year. He says that although usage is up, repeat customers are down. The problem with dispensaries is that New York laws are pretty strict. They don't allow establishments to sell the actual flower- they can only sell oils. The increase in New York may be due to the new qualifying condition of chronic pain. Zeman explains what ailments are considered "chronic" and points out that cannabis can be a big help with pain management. Plus, he reiterates that cannabis is not a gateway drug but an exit drug. Many people who struggle with addiction to opioids are turning to cannabis to break the habit. He believes Trump declaring the opioid crisis in America a public-health emergency will be a good thing.