SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 94I of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the definition of “Debilitating medical condition” and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-
“Debilitating medical condition”, cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, opioid use disorder, and other conditions as determined in writing by a registered qualifying patient's registered healthcare professional.
SECTION 2. Said section 1 of said chapter 94I of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the definition of “Qualifying patient” and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-
“Qualifying patient”, (1) a person who has been diagnosed by a registered healthcare professional as having a debilitating medical condition, or (2) a veteran receiving their health care at a federal Veterans Administration facility provides their Veterans Administration award letter indicating an existing disability to the commission; provided, that a such a veteran shall not be required to receive a diagnosis from a registered healthcare professional.
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