New York

Fri
17
Sep

NY cities grappling with marijuana opt-out decisions

Many New Yorkers think it is high-time for marijuana sales to start up, but some towns and villages are still grappling with this decision.

Council members in Colonie, a town in the Capital Region, have voted to ban marijuana consumption sites within their district. Marijuana consumption sites are smoking lounges, cannabis cafes and other businesses that allow for cannabis to be consumed on premises.

Melissa Jeffers, a Colonie town councilwoman, says this vote mainly boiled down to concern that people might smoke at one of these consumption sites and then drive home.  

Thu
16
Sep

What you need to know if you have a marijuana-related conviction

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Now that recreational use of cannabis is legal in New York, what happens to the records of individuals convicted of marijuana related charges?

With the passing of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in March, marijuana-related convictions that are no longer criminalize in New York will be automatically expunged.

However, the caveat is that legislation allows the New York State Office of Court Administration up two years to expunge the records.

This is New York State Senator Jeremy Cooney, who represents New York’s 56th Senate District is hosting an expungement clinic on Saturday in Rochester to give folks an opportunity to speak with legal experts for free about their case and how they can expedite the process.

Tue
14
Sep

Months after legalization, New York remains without a cannabis industry

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Marijuana has been legal for more than five months, yet there’s still no cannabis industry set up in New York.

The governor and the legislative leaders still have to appoint the remaining members of the cannabis control board, which is a part of the newly formed Office of Cannabis Management.

The executive director of OCM, and the chairperson of the control board, have both been appointed and confirmed. But it’s unclear whether the remaining positions have been filled.

Here’s a breakdown of how the board works.

Mon
13
Sep

As legalized marijuana moves in NY, Savino cautions overtaxing will drive buyers back to underground dealers

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 Four appointments have been made to New York’s newly formed Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management under New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Mon
13
Sep

Unique NYC real estate firm helping new pot businesses navigate the new landscape

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The ganja gold rush is on, and a new brokerage firm is all set to cash in on the cannabis business boom, clearing the path for storefronts and warehouses making plans to bring pot to the people.

Not since the internet gave birth to new ventures across the industry spectrum has the marketplace been so ripe for new business blood.

Mon
13
Sep

A Cheap, Low-Tech Method That Could Slash Farm Carbon Emissions

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On a hot and humid August day near Geneva, New York, Garrett Boudinot stands in a field of hemp, the green stalks towering a foot or more over his 6-foot, 4-inch frame. Today, the mustached Cornell University research assistant will harvest six acres of the crop, weigh it in red plastic garbage bins, and continue to analyze the hundreds of water samples taken with measuring devices called lysimeters that have been buried in the field over the last three months.

Mon
13
Sep

Industrial hemp promises sustainable solutions for New York, but will anyone buy in?

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In case you missed the parades featuring giant doobie floats, the joint giveaways for the vaccinated or the general celebratory aroma of city streets, recreational marijuana is now legal in New York. While attention is trained on the new legal drug business the state is building, another even larger cannabis business is awaiting its day in the sun. Already legal to grow and process, industrial hemp is the potentially billion-dollar New York industry few are paying attention to yet. While it may take longer to scale up than recreational marijuana, industrial hemp could have even greater economic potential for the state.

Fri
10
Sep

New marijuana facility breaks ground at former Hudson Valley prison

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As cannabis cultivation grows in Warwick, the town debates whether to allow dispensaries.

What was once a medium-security prison that housed about 1,000 inmates in Warwick will become a fully operating cannabis cultivation site by 2023.

Tue
07
Sep

New York cannabis rollout moves ahead, but roadblocks remain

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The rollout of New York’s new cannabis policies has new life after the state legislature confirmed appointments to oversee the regulatory process last week, but the state is still months away from issuing licenses to retailers, growers and processors.

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, or MRTA, passed in April. However, much of the rollout has been delayed because Governor Andrew Cuomo did not nominate officials to the newly created Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board.

“These are people that wrote the bill. They should’ve had these people in mind when they wrote those statutes,” said Troy Smit, Deputy Director of Empire State NORML.

Fri
03
Sep

New York City's Medgar Evers College Becomes First Cuny School To Offer Cannabis Degree Program

In New York City, where many black and brown people have been on the negative side from the aspects of the enforcing of marijuana laws, there is an educational institution that will now offer an “Introduction to the World of Cannabis” Course.

Brooklyn’s historic Medgar Evers College (MEC) had recently announced last week that students can now enroll in a prerequisite course for many of the other cannabis courses in this degree program. The course is called “Introduction to the World of Cannabis.”

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