CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge on Wednesday scheduled what could be the second state-level trial in the U.S. on the toll of opioids. Judge Jerry Garguilo set a trial date of Jan. 20 for claims brought by the state attorney general and the Long Island... Read more
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has a troubled relationship with cannabis. Historically—and continuing through to the present—much of that relationship has played out in the form of racially discriminate anti-cannabis policing. For example, even though the city has taken steps to decriminalize weed, NYPD cops continue to harrass... Read more
Curaleaf Offers NY’s First Flower-Based Medical Marijuana Product
A dispensary in the Hudson Valley is offering patients a new form of medical marijuana — the first raw cannabis product to be offered in New York. Dr. Stacia Woodcock is assistant director of operations at Curaleaf New York. “This is the first actual flower-based medical cannabis product available... Read more
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has jumped in with other politicians to demand a quickly-enacted ban on flavored tobacco vaping products. His Sunday announcement came in the midst of a little-understood string of vaping-related deaths by severe lung disease, despite the fact that some of the dead were known... Read more
The New York Department of Financial Services has announced that it will be issuing dozens of subpoenas to individuals and companies associated with the pharmaceutical opioid industry. State Governor Andrew Cuomo did not mince words when referring to the pharmaceutical companies’ tendency to obscure their products’ highly addictive nature.... Read more
Experts say New York’s marijuana decriminalization “falls short”
Gary Colmey, 65, saw three probation officers walk into his Rome store, Gary’s Music. They weren’t there to buy a musical instrument. In the back of his music store, Colmey runs a separate business called Gary’s Indoor Garden Supply. The supply store sells “absolutely legal cannabis,” or CBD, a... Read more
New York governor signs bill decriminalizing marijuana use
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday signed a bill decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the state and expunge the records of some people convicted on cannabis-related charges. “Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending... Read more
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a historic bill on Monday to decriminalize the possession of cannabis. “Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,” he said. In 30 days, New... Read more
Canopy breaks ground on hemp industrial park in New York
One of the largest cannabis companies in the world made a significant move into the U.S. hemp industry Monday by breaking ground on a new industrial park for hemp processing in New York. Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp., based in Smiths Falls, Ontario, unveiled plans for a $150... Read more
New York lawmakers vow renewed marijuana legalization push in 2020
The push to legalize marijuana this year came to a grinding halt — one that certain New York lawmakers trust is temporary. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo), the sponsors of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, say they intend to revive the bill during the next legislative... Read more

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