New York

Fri
14
Dec

Evicted elderly medical marijuana patient dropped from healthcare program

Days after being evicted from his apartment—and then invited to return—for his legal possession and consumption of medical cannabis oil, John Flickner says his healthcare provider has suddenly dropped him from his Medicaid/Medicare program. Without access to doctors and transportation to healthcare facilities, the 78-year-old man who was just last week without a home is wondering what could possibly befall him next.

Fri
14
Dec

New York's recreational marijuana plan coming together

"We're spending a lot of money right now on the black market and none of it is going back into the community," says Mary Kruger, president of Rochester NORML, a group that has been working to get recreational marijuana approved. "It's been behind a curtain or not really talked about for so long."

But now, recreational marijuana is front and center.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo backs it and leaders in both the state Assembly and Senate are on board so at this point, it seems like all that's left to do is take a formal vote in the state Legislature.  

The lawmakers working on writing the legislation that will be used as a framework for the program tell News10NBC they'd like to just "copy and paste" what the state of Nevada has done.

Wed
12
Dec

Cuomo preparing recreational marijuana plan for New York in 2019

The Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to creating a model program for controlled recreational marijuana use in New York State.

"As we have said since August, the goal of this administration is to create a model program for regulated adult-use cannabis — and the best way to do that is to ensure our final proposal captures the views of everyday New Yorkers," said Cuomo spokesman Tyrone Stevens.

Wed
12
Dec

Federal government official wants to change policy to allow medical marijuana in subsidized housing

Many people have criticized the federal government for its archaic policies towards marijuana, and now those critics include an official from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD), writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Mon
10
Dec

Medical marijuana user, 78, evicted from subsidized housing because of conflicting NY state, federal rules

A 78-year-old man who relies on medical marijuana for back pain finds himself homeless after being evicted from federally subsidized housing in a case complicated by conflicting state and federal marijuana rules.

John Flickner was staying at a Niagara Falls shelter Thursday, after an hourslong eviction ordeal Tuesday that ended with him steering his electric wheelchair in freezing temperatures to a center about a half mile away.

“Cold, wet, windy,” Flickner recalled of the trip, which was photographed by The Buffalo News.

Thu
06
Dec

A marijuana tax could help fix New York's crumbling subway system

To fund costly repairs to the rapidly crumbling subway system, some New York state and city leaders are talking about legalizing recreational marijuana to collect sales tax that would be dedicated to the transit agency, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The leaders are looking at the issue following the legalization efforts just across the river in New Jersey and more north in Massachusetts.

Mon
03
Dec

NY lawmakers to hold meeting on legalization of marijuana

A hearing to discuss the legalization of marijuana in New York will be held on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Babylon Town Hall in Long Island.

Members of the New York State Assembly plan to attend to discuss legalizing recreational use of the drug and gather input on how other states went about the process that is expected to be a challenge in regards to regulations and tax rules.

Thu
29
Nov

Counties push to be heard as state weighs green light for marijuana

New York’s county governments are insisting on having a say on any legislation that would end the state prohibition on the use and sale of marijuana and regulate retail sales of a substance now banned by federal statute.

“We’re going to be involved in this policy but by no means are we supporting it,” said Stephen Acquario, executive director of the state Association of Counties, told CNHI. “We would strongly support local governments having a say in their communities, but it would have to be a regional level, a county level.”

Mon
26
Nov

Politically connected Syracuse group flips NY marijuana license for pot of gold

Syracuse building contractor Dino Dixie and ex-police chief Dennis DuVal paid no money to own shares in a startup medical marijuana business that eventually sold for millions of dollars, a former partner said.

The two men each received a slice of the business "chiefly due to their political connections,'' the partner said in a 2016 lawsuit.

The other founders of the company - a plumber, a shoe store owner and a security contractor, each of whom ponied up at least $100,000 - wagered that political connections could help them win a lucrative state license to sell medical weed, according to court records.

Fri
23
Nov

Medical marijuana could soon be covered by New York health insurance

Taxpayers could soon be on the hook to help low-income New Yorkers score medical marijuana, thanks to a bill that would force public health-insurance plans to cover it.

Patients in the state currently have to pay out of pocket for their prescription pot.

But state Sen. Diane Savino (D-SI/Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) and pushing a doobie-ous scheme that would require government health-insurance programs such as Medicaid, Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan, Elderly Pharmaceutical Coverage and workers’ compensation to cover weed as they would any other prescription.

“It’s unfair not to cover marijuana when opioids, OxyContin and Ambien are covered,” Savino told The Post. “We have to push the envelope.”

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