NYPD to Issue Tickets, Not Arrests, for Public Cannabis Smokers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department announced on Tuesday that the city will begin ticketing, not arresting, people who are caught consuming cannabis in public, according to an NY1 report. This policy change comes just one month after the Mayor directed police to stop making the arrests. “No one should be […]

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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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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 City Judge Sides with MMJ Patient in Taxi License Dispute

New York City‘s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) has overturned a Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) decision to rescind a TLC driver license over a failed drug test for cannabis because the license-holder is also a registered medical cannabis patient in the state. “It is undisputed that respondent’s drug test showed that he […]

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NYC Cannabis Arrests on the Decline, Still Disproportionally Target Minorities

According to data from the Legal Aid Society, New York City’s primary public defender organization, cannabis arrests in the five boroughs are down 3.9 percent since the beginning of 2016; however the law enforcement tactic of broken windows policing is resulting in those that are arrested coming predominantly from minority communities, the Gothamist reports. New […]

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iAnthus Strikes New Deal to Acquire New York MMJ Producer, Terminates Deal with Different Licensee

iAnthus Capital Holdings, a venture capital firm publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Citiva Medical, LLC, which holds one of New York’s 10 medical cannabis licenses. The transaction is worth $18 million in cash and iAnthus stock. Previously, iAnthus had agreed to acquire Valley Agriceuticals, another […]

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New York Adds Five Companies to MMJ Roster

New York has doubled the number of available medical cannabis licenses from five to 10, despite objections from current operators claiming that the demand doesn’t call for an expansion. However, according to a New York Post report, the number of registered patients has increased 70 percent since March – from 10,744 to 25,736 – following […]

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New York’s Vireo Health Offering Free MMJ Delivery Through August

From today until August 31, Vireo Health of New York is offering free medical cannabis delivery to some patients in parts of New York City’s five boroughs, Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester. The company was approved by the state Department of Health to deliver medical cannabis products in January and began making deliveries in April. The […]

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New York City Subway Gets MMJ Ads

Vireo Health of New York has launched a medical cannabis advertising campaign in New York City’s subway system – the first of its kind from the state’s five licensed producers. The “Ask Your Doctor about Medical Marijuana” ads will appear in nearly 100 stations over the next four weeks. Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health […]

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