New York

Thu
14
Feb

New York considering ban on drug testing potential employees for cannabis

For states that have legalized some form of cannabis use, drug testing policies for employees and workplaces have been a constant source of controversy. Because THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis, can linger in the body long after its effects have worn off, employees can test positive on a drug screening for legal, off-the-clock activity. And with many employers adopting “no tolerance” workplace drug policies, workers have faced sanctions and termination for testing positive for THC, despite showing no indication of drug-impairment on the job.

Wed
13
Feb

Coalition urges NY Governor to improve marijuana legalization Bill to center racial and economic justice

On February 12th, members of the Start SMART NY coalition (Sensible Marijuana Access through Regulated Trade) will lay out their vision for a just marijuana industry and demand that Governor Cuomo incorporate the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act into his proposed recreational marijuana legalization plan.

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA, S.1527/A.1617) introduced by Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger, is model legislation to create a taxed and regulated adult-use marijuana market that not only creates economic opportunities for all New Yorkers but also addresses the harms of decades of prohibition.

Tue
12
Feb

How will legal marijuana be taxed, regulated in New York?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and many state lawmakers have said legalizing marijuana in New York is a priority this year, but questions remain about how adult use will be regulated and taxed.

A legal marijuana bill currently sits in both the state Assembly and Senate. Cuomo has said he wants the regulatory framework to be completed as part of this year's budget, which is due April 1, but some lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, have said they don't think that will happen. 

Tue
12
Feb

Citiva’s bite of the big apple

Just across the street from the bustling Barclays Center subway stop in Brooklyn, a new kind of store has opened its doors. And though it may resemble an Apple Store from a quick glance (the Apple store is actually just up the block), this fresh establishment offers up something danker than the next iPhone: cannabis.

Thu
07
Feb

The crackdown on CBD edibles has begun

CBD, one of the buzziest wellness products of 2019, just hit a snag. New York City has forbidden the sale of CBD edibles in restaurants, bars, and other establishments that fall under the Department of Health's purview, Eater reported Tuesday. Health inspectors in the city are already visiting restaurants to enforce the crackdown.

Wed
06
Feb

NYC Health Department announces ban on CBD in all bars and restaurants

The New York City Department of Health has announced that bars and restaurants in the city are not permitted to serve CBD products. Despite the legalization of hemp and CBD in the 2018 Farm Bill, a health department spokeswoman said in a statement that the cannabinoid has not yet been approved for use in food and beverage products.

Thu
31
Jan

New York recreational marijuana plan overhauls medical cannabis too: What to know

Instead of a list of state-approved health conditions, medical professionals would use clinical judgment to certify medical marijuana patients under New York's new cannabis legislation.

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Medical marijuana patients could get a special permit to grow up to four cannabis plants at home

The tally of certified patients has increased to 87,855, up from a couple thousand in the beginning

Recreational use statewide is expected to require more than 600,000 pounds of cannabis

Drastic changes to New York’s medical marijuana program are tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to legalize recreational pot.

Wed
30
Jan

How New Yorkers are fighting for a more diverse, inclusive legal weed scene

With the recent movement New York has experienced in the cannabis space, all eyes are on this massive market and its potential profits, trends, tax generation, and cultural impact. It’s no secret many companies and investment firms are primed to make their moves once the legal doors open. New Yorkers know this too, which is why activists have also prepared plans and possible regulations to prevent a hostile corporate takeover.

Mon
28
Jan

Excuse me, would you like some cannabis with your coffee?

I was recently purchasing coffee at a small independent coffee shop in an East Village neighborhood of New York City, in line with my caffeine-dependent daily routine.

As I completed my order for a medium, regular hot coffee, the barista looked at me as though I was forgetting something.

"Would you like to add CBD for $5?" she asked, as I whipped out my card to pay.

She was referring to cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is purported to have a number of positive health effects and the only legal part of the red-hot cannabis market available in the U.S.

Mon
21
Jan

Cannabis presents valuable new industry for NY

As lawmakers and state agencies craft legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, industry experts and market analysts say the move would create a lucrative market that could quickly exceed $1 billion and offer a profitable alternative crop for farmers across the state

If New York legalizes cannabis and begins retail sales within 12 months after the legislation, demand for cannabis could exceed $1.3 billion in the first year of sales, according to John Kagia, the executive vice president of industry analytics for New Frontier Data, an analytics firm that specializes in the cannabis industry.

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