New York City Mayor Directs Police to Stop Cannabis-Smoking Arrests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has told the city’s top police officials to stop arresting people for smoking cannabis and, instead, issue citations, CNN reports. The directive comes about a week after the New York Times published an investigative report which found that black people were arrested for low-level cannabis charges at eight […]

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New York City Comptroller: N.Y. Legal Cannabis $3.6B Market

In an interview with CNBC, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer estimated that New York state would see $435.7 million per year from adult-use cannabis tax revenues; while New York City would net about $336 million. “This is a new revenue stream. This is going to impact the kinds of resources we’ll have to invest […]

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New York City Mayor and Prosecutors Planning Cannabis Enforcement Reforms

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has given the Police Department 30 days to come up with a plan to end “unnecessary arrests” for cannabis, and city officials – including prosecutors – are working on broad plans to reform how to handle low-level cannabis crimes, the New York Times reports. However, the changes will […]

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New York Dems Plan to Pass Resolution Supporting Cannabis Legalization

The New York State Democratic Party plans to pass a resolution at its May 23-24 convention to support cannabis legalization, according to a draft of the documents obtained by the New York Post. The document indicates the party wants to highlight the reforms during the convention. Cuomo, the de facto leader of the New York […]

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Study: New York MMJ Patients Reduced Opioid Intake, Saved Money on Meds

Medical cannabis patients in a New York study reduced their use of opioids and spent less money on their prescription medications, according to researchers at GPI Clinical Research and the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy. The study, titled “Preliminary evaluation of the efficacy, safety, and costs associated with the treatment of chronic pain with […]

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New York Gov: Legal Cannabis is ‘Going to be Here Anyway’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to have softened his anti-legalization position, remarking during a stop in Brooklyn that “the situation has changed dramatically” on legal cannabis, asking “do you not legalize it when it is legal 10 miles from both sides of your border?” “You have states that have legalized it now…. It is […]

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Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Cynthia Nixon Takes Social Justice Approach to Legalization in Facebook Video

Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” actress challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, elaborated on her cannabis legalization position in a Facebook video on Wednesday, taking a social justice approach to the reforms. “There are a lot of good reasons to legalize marijuana but, for me, it comes down to this: We have […]

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Orange County, New York Gets First MMJ Dispensary

The first medical cannabis dispensary in Orange County, New York has opened for business following the expansion of the state program in 2017. The Curaleaf dispensary, operated by PalliaTech NY, LLC, is located in Newburgh; Orange County has a population of more than 377,600. “We are excited to open our doors and begin providing patients […]

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Report: New York Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger Cynthia Nixon Supports Rec. Cannabis

Cynthia Nixon, the actor who announced in March she will challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told attendees at a private fundraiser last week that she supports legalizing cannabis for adult use, the New York Times reports. According to Isabel Gillies, a writer and former actress who hosted the fundraiser for the Democratic challenger, said […]

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New York Hemp Research Expands to 3,500 Acres; Up From 2,000 Last Year

New York’s hemp research program is expanding to more than 3,500 acres throughout nine regions in the state following a $650,000 earmark in the state budget for a hemp processing plant and $2 million for a state-run hemp seed certification program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced more than 60 new farms and businesses have received […]

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New York Bill Would Allow MMJ Products for Pets

Legislation introduced in New York would allow veterinarians to certify pets and animals for the state’s medical cannabis program. The measure was introduced in the state Assembly last week by Democrat Amy Paulin but has yet to gain a sponsor in the Senate. “Medical marihuana has helped countless people in the management and treatment of […]

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Poll: 56% of New York Voters Support Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis

According to a Sienna College poll, 56 percent of New York voters support legalizing cannabis for adult use, with 40 percent opposed and 4 percent unsure. The reforms were supported by 66 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of Independents, and 41 percent of Republicans. The results represent a 12 percent difference from a November poll, […]

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iAnthus Finalizes Deal for New York MMJ Company

iAnthus Capital Holdings has completed its $18 million acquisition of New York medical cannabis company Citiva Medical, LLC. Citiva is one of just 10 medical cannabis licensees in the Empire State. The $18 million deal was satisfied mostly through iAnthus shares – $14.4 million – and $3.6 million in cash. iAnthus is traded on the […]

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New York Lawmakers Introduce MMJ for Opioid-Use Disorder Bills

Legislation to add opioid-use disorder to New York’s medical cannabis qualifying condition list was approved 21-1 by the Assembly Health Committee last week, moving next to the chamber floor for a vote. A same-as bill in the Senate was sent to its Health Committee on Jan. 25. In the House, the measure is sponsored by […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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New York Gov. Wants Adult-Use Cannabis Study

In his State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on lawmakers to approve funding for a recreational cannabis feasibility study as two of its border states – Massachusetts and Vermont – move forward with their own legalization plans, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. The governor’s announcement comes the day after a […]

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New York GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Adult-Use Cannabis Program

During a press conference in Buffalo, New York, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Joel Giambra pitched cannabis legalization tax revenues as a way to address the state’s infrastructure problems, WGRZ2 reports. However, the former Erie County Executive stopped short of offering a plan or an exact tax dollar amount a taxed-and-regulated cannabis industry could offer state coffers. […]

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New York Lawmakers Hold Cannabis Legalization Hearing

New York Assembly members held a hearing to debate the merits of legalizing cannabis in the state – the first step toward potential reforms – but advocates will have a huge roadblock to overcome in Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who still believes in the gateway theory. The measure would legalize cannabis for individuals 21-and-older and […]

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New York Gov. Wants to Make State ‘National Leader in Hemp Production’

In his 2018 State of the State Budget proposal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has earmarked $650,000 for a hemp processing plant, $2 million for a state-run hemp seed certification program, and plans to import “thousands of pounds” of industrial hemp seed into the state to ensure farmers have “access to a high quality product” […]

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New York MMJ Company Set to Offer New Products

New York medical cannabis producer Etain Inc. has been given permission to develop newly-allowed products by state regulators, the New York Daily News reports. The company will soon offer cannabis-infused lozenges and ground flower that can be used in vaporizers. Etain also plans to roll out a water-soluble powder that patients can mix on their […]

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Poll: New Yorkers Support Adult-Use Legalization, Including GOP Majority

A new Emerson College-conducted poll commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project of New York and the Drug Policy Alliance has found that 68 percent of New Yorkers support legalizing cannabis for recreational use, compared to just 28 percent opposed – a 2:1 ratio in support for an adult-use cannabis regime in the Empire State. Support […]

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Matt Rizzetta: Leveraging PR to Grow Household Cannabis Brands

Matt Rizzetta is the CEO of North 6th Agency, a public relations firm based in New York City and Toronto that serves cannabis and mainstream business clients nationwide. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Matt joins host TG Branfalt to talk about the mainstream media’s evolving perception of cannabis, public relations strategies for companies […]

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New York Gov. Signs MMJ-for-PTSD Bill

Medical cannabis is now available as a post-traumatic stress disorder therapy in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislature-approved measure during a Saturday Veterans Day parade, according to a New York Daily News report. The Assembly first passed the bill 131-8 in May and the Senate followed 50-13 in June. “Many of our […]

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New Yorkers Can Vote for a Path to Legalization Tomorrow, Nov. 7

Voters in New York will decide tomorrow, November 7, whether or not to host a Constitutional Convention in 2019. If approved, Con Con (as it is known in some political circles) could become a platform for the statewide legalization of adult-use cannabis via an amendment to the state’s Constitution. The combination of today’s political climate […]

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