New York

Thu
30
Jan

New York cannabis bill could legalize possession of as much as three ounces of marijuana

New York, as always, is pushing the envelope.

A new proposal supported by state Democrats would allow New Yorkers older than 21 to legally possess three ounces of marijuana — three times the amount typically permitted in other areas of the country.

Supporters of the proposal, which was sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, argued the legal amount needs to be set high enough to prevent people from needlessly getting caught up in the state’s legal system, according to The Associated Press.

Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing a competing proposal that would allow for the legal possession of an ounce of the drug.

Mon
27
Jan

States That May Legalize Weed In 2020

This year already promises to have plenty of election drama thanks to the presidential race. But in some states -- including some of the biggest in the U.S. -- it also could prove to be a big election for marijuana. 

In other states, leaders are choosing legislative action over the ballot box. It’s setting up what should be an interesting year for cannabis advocates in 2020.

Chief among the states considering legalization are New Jersey and New York. Lawmakers in both states failed to pass legalization in 2019. Voters in New Jersey will take matters into their own hands this November. Meanwhile, New York is looking to partner on the issue with a neighboring state on legalization through legislative action.

Fri
24
Jan

New York Is Very High On Marijuana Legalization This Year

Gov. Cuomo reiterated his intention to legalize marijuana in New York, and state voters are in favor of ending prohibition.

New Yorkers have heard this one before. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week marijuana legalization will be included in his administration’s 2020 budget proposal. The move signals another ardent effort from the governor to push the issue through the state legislature.

Wed
22
Jan

What are the plans for legalizing recreational marijuana in New York for 2021?

Tuesday is a big day for lawmakers in Albany.

We're expecting to learn what Gov. Cuomo has in mind for how the state will spend your tax dollars in the upcoming fiscal year.

One of the hottest topics he's expected to include, once again, is legalizing recreational marijuana .

This raises some questions, including:

Mon
13
Jan

New York Will Legalize Marijuana This Year, Cuomo Vows

Governor Cuomo emphasized the need for New York to study marijuana and its effects, as well as the economic boon legalization could provide.

Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed in 2019 that New York would legalize adult-use marijuana, but the campaign fell apart in the state Senate when legislators couldn’t agree on social justice equity programs and tax revenue proposals. In his State of the State address this week, however, Cuomo assured 2020 will be the year the Empire State legalizes recreational cannabis.

Cuomo emphasized the need to legalize marijuana in order to combat disproportionate racial profiling in enforcing marijuana laws, as well as create criminal justice reform in healing the wounds caused by the nation’s war on drugs.

Thu
09
Jan

New York governor renews effort to legalize recreational marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday pledged for the second year in a row to legalize recreational marijuana, looking for his state to become the nation's 12th to do so and saying that it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Cuomo, a Democrat, made the legalization of cannabis a key priority as he outlined his agenda for 2020, saying taxes imposed by a regulatory scheme could bring some $300 million into the state's coffers and confront injustices in enforcement of drug laws.

Thu
02
Jan

Oversight Of Industrial Hemp In New York Found Lacking

An audit by the Office of the New York State Comptroller of the state’s industrial hemp program found a number of issues of concern.

The objective of the audit was to determine if the Department of Agriculture and Markets was adequately administering New York’s hemp program in accordance with federal and State requirements.

In short, it appears it hasn’t – or at least wasn’t.

The audit covered the period April 1, 2016 through May 31, 2019. Releasing the results six months after the fact doesn’t really give an accurate picture of what may be happening now, but the Department was made aware of the issues earlier on in the year and supported recommendations made by the Comptroller.

Tue
24
Dec

These U.S. states are most likely to legalize marijuana in 2020

The cannabis advocacy community wants the nation to believe that 2019 was a banner year in the realm of marijuana reform. But the only things that really happened were that New York and New Jersey failed to make good on their word to legalize, Illinois followed through and the U.S. House of Representatives dilly-dallied with a couple of bills (SAFE and MORE Acts) that will never see the light of day.

This “banner” year that pro-pot organizations like NORML are so proud of really doesn’t equate to much. But we could have better luck next year. There are several states positioned to legalize marijuana in 2020. These are the five that seem to have the best chance at success.

Mon
23
Dec

What Happens to New York Now That New Jersey is Voting on Legalization?

After months of discussing the likely outcome, New Jersey lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly approved the inclusion of adult-use cannabis on its 2020 ballot. If approved, adults over the age of 21 would be able to participate in the legal marketplace. However, the vote would then turn the legislating back to lawmakers who struggled to put together a passable bill the year prior. 

Fri
13
Dec

Brothers in hemp-weed mixup consider suing New York City and the Police Department

The bust was a bust, and it could end up costing New York City some serious green.

A day after prosecutors dropped criminal charges in a case spotlighting confusion over hemp, marijuana and conflicting laws, the Brooklyn brothers caught in the chaos took the first step toward suing the city and the police department.

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