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Governor appoints a workgroup to draft legalization bill for recreational marijuana

Governor appoints a workgroup to draft legalization bill for recreational marijuana

August 06, 2018, New York New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, has formed a workgroup to draft bill for the adult-use marijuana legalization in the state. The group consists of professionals with specialized knowledge of different facets of legal cannabis operations. It includes people from the field of public health and safety, economists and decision-makers from pertinent law-enforcement agencies.   The workgroup has been tasked to engage all those quarters that have some stake in the legalization. So, the […]

New York’s Health Department Report Backs Marijuana Legalization

New York’s Health Department Report Backs Marijuana Legalization

July 18, 2018, New York In the start of this year, the governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo commissioned the state’s health department to study and assess the implications of cannabis legalization. The department has finalized its report this Monday. In the report, the department has talked about a wide range of implications of the legalization and a regulated market of recreational cannabis. The report has given cannabis advocates a good […]

New Yorkers are now Able to Swap Opioid Prescriptions With Medical Cannabis

New Yorkers are now Able to Swap Opioid Prescriptions With Medical Cannabis

July 16, 2018, New York A month ago, the New York Health Department announced that they would expand the MMJ program by adding new qualifying medical conditions to the list. Last week, the department declared that they had concluded some emergency regulations to put the revised policy into effect. The regulations went immediately into effect. It has enabled the state residents to replace their opioid […]

New York Senator Proposes Bill for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

New York Senator Proposes Bill for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

June 29, 2018, New York Cannabis has finally become a part of the legislative discussion in the federal legislature. Last week, Colorado Senator introduced a bill in Congress to provide an absolute autonomy to states in dealing with their cannabis affairs. This week, New York senator Chuck Schumer, an infamous cannabis activist, has introduced a bill to re-classify the strain in the Federal Control Substance Act.  The proposal, if passed, will definitely be a major milestone for cannabis reforms on the national level.   The Bill Would Change the Federal Law Enforcement Against Cannabis   The gist […]

Will Blasio’s Verbal Directive Reduce Marijuana Arrests in NYC?

Will Blasio’s Verbal Directive Reduce Marijuana Arrests in NYC?

June 25, 2018, NYC Last week,  Instead, they will receive a judicial summons. Blasio is of the thought that it will cut down the number of annual arrests of cannabis by thousands. Some rough estimates suggest that around 10,000 fewer NYC residents will be arrested if the policy is effectively implemented.   It’s More About Racial Inequality  In New York City alone, more than 17,500 cannabis-related arrests are made every year. A large number of […]

New York Approves MMJ as a Prescribed Opioid Alternative

New York Approves MMJ as a Prescribed Opioid Alternative

June 19, 2018, New York New York has seen some substantial marijuana reforms in the last couple 0of months. In fact, last month, the NYC mayor directed the law-enforcement bodies to not arrest people with minor cannabis possessions. Now, the state is going to expand its MMJ program by adding opioid addiction to the list of qualifying medical conditions.  Patients with an opioid prescription can be enrolled in the program to use cannabis as an alternative. The department of health has also promised to improve the availability and […]

New York Assembly Discusses MMJ Care for Pets

New York Assembly Discusses MMJ Care for Pets

May 31, 2018, New York It is heartening to see that the debate on marijuana has become very inclusive. Lawmakers are now also taking about MMJ care for pet animals. For instance, a bill was introduced in the New York legislature in March that entails the legalization of MMJ to treat different medical conditions in pets. It will be soon to say anything whether or not the bill will be approved by […]

NYPD is not Happy With the Mayor’s Directive Against Marijuana Arrests

NYPD is not Happy With the Mayor’s Directive Against Marijuana Arrests

May 24, 2018  When it comes to cannabis reforms, NYC is not an example one would want to bring up. However, with the city mayor’s last week’s ‘executive order’ to decriminalize pot-smoking, things have improved all of a sudden. The decision has been getting a lot of traction from cannabis advocates and opponents both.   One of the primary reasons given by Blasio and the district attorney to take up this measure is to reduce racial disparity in the […]

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