New York

Fri
08
Nov

Cannabis legalization in U.S. leaving vulnerable groups out in the cold

Even with U.S. states focused on bringing social justice to cannabis legalization, people from lower socioeconomic households are being left behind.

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has issued a memo informing the 20,000 federally subsidized households it oversees that they will not be able to use cannabis in their residences even after the drug becomes legal for recreational use in Illinois at the start of next year.

Thu
07
Nov

New rules in New York to allow medical marijuana companies to use farmers’ CBD

Hemp farmers in New York are poised to get a boost from new rules allowing medical marijuana companies to use their crops to produce CBD products.

Further, the rules seek to reduce the costs for thousands of medical marijuana patients statewide who use CBD, or cannabidiol, state officials said.

The rules would allow the 10 licensed medical marijuana companies to buy the less expensive hemp and related extracts grown under the state’s Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program, which launched in 2015.

Previously, the medical marijuana companies had to rely solely on their own operations to produce CBD, which increased the costs for patients, state officials said.

Thu
07
Nov

Does the Italian Mafia play a role in the cannabis trade?

While the global drug market may be heavily associated with Latin American cartels and violence south of the border, places like New York and Chicago have their own homegrown drug trade thanks in large part to the Sicilian-born La Cosa Nostra. This mafia organization had an iron grip on most illegal activity in major cities like New York and Chicago for entire generations, writes Danielle Guercio

Made men or Men of Honor, as they were called, were bonafide bloodthirsty operators, though because they assimilated into white culture-at-large, they escaped many of the harsh slurs that are thrown at Black and Latinx gang members with impunity.

Tue
29
Oct

What’s next for effort to legalize marijuana in N.Y.? State sen. optimistic for 2020

Legalizing adult-use of marijuana in 2020 is a possibility, assuming state legislators and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can come to an agreement on a laundry list of concerns.

Speaking last week to a crowd of more than 200 people -- most vying for a share of revenue in the cannabis industry -- state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) laid out the issues presented by legislators on the fence about legalizing adult-use, and the ongoing negotiations with colleagues, law enforcement officials and constituents on how to proceed.

Thu
24
Oct

Illinois, NY Officials to cannabis industry: Work with us on new regulations

Read full article here.

Cannabis companies and their investors have a chance to help design the regulatory framework in their nascent industry if they’re willing to help government in that effort, policymakers from New York and Illinois said Tuesday.

Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who was the chief sponsor of the measure that Illinois lawmakers passed this year legalizing adult, non-medical use of cannabis, and Axel Bernabe, an assistant counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urged players in the industry to continue to engage in the process as other states consider the industry’s future.

Mon
21
Oct

Illicit cannabis companies find struggles, success in going legit

For many New York cannabis businesses operating in the illicit or gray market, preparing to go mainstream is essential. Some have made the move and are ready to share their wisdom. For those who haven’t, preparing during the lead up to the state’s eventual adult-use legalization could prove critical to securing a place in the one-day legal market. 

However, making the transition has its series of difficulties. 

Mon
21
Oct

Democratic Governors meet in New York City to discuss cannabis and vaping

The governors from several Northeastern states said Thursday they want to work together to regulate marijuana and vaping, including possible regional restrictions on flavored vaping products.

Democratic governors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania met in New York City with health and legislative officials. Representatives from Massachusetts and Colorado were also on hand for the meeting.

Thu
17
Oct

The complicated realities of accessing cannabis when you live in a prohibition State

For cannabis enthusiasts living in adult use states, long gone are the days of sneaking around with a dime bag in a coat pocket and worrying about whether the neighbors know you’ve got weed. But the sad truth is that, for millions of Americans living in prohibition or restrictive medical-only states, accessing safe and regulated cannabis is still a problem, writes Danielle Simone Brand

Wed
16
Oct

Eight months after ban, food and drink with CBD is still being sold in NYC

Food and drink are still being sold with CBD in New York City, months after health officials banned restaurants and cafes from selling edibles spiked with or accompanied by the trendy cannabis derivative because of safety concerns.

The city’s health department surprised bakeries, restaurants, coffee shops, and other food sellers in February by telling them they were not permitted to put cannabidiol, or CBD, in prepared foods because it hadn’t been approved as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They also can’t provide CBD to customers to add it themselves.

Thu
10
Oct

The buzz on legal marijuana in New York: 5 burning questions

If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for New York state to legalize recreational marijuana use, you’re not alone.

If you’re searching for clarity on the state’s approach to CBD products, decriminalization of pot use, clearing the records for past drug infractions or guidelines in starting up a cannabis-related business, you’re not alone in that, either.

It’s time for an updated look at where we stand with cannabis in New York.

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