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21
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Eye on NY: Company seeking to grow medical marijuana in Wayne County partners with Canadian ...

One of Canada's top manufacturers of medical marijuana will lend its expertise to a company that is aiming to launch its growing operation in Wayne County. 

Compassionate Care Center of New York recently announced an exclusive partnership with MedReleaf, a firm based in Markham, Ontario. Through the arrangement, MedReleaf will dispatch a team of horticulture experts to CCCNY's proposed growing operation at a greenhouse in Newark. 

Angelo Fefekos, head of quality assurance for MedReleaf, will serve as chief compliance officer for CCCNY. Neil Closer, MedReleaf's CEO and a former executive at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, will be the chairman of CCCNY's board. 

Sun
21
Jun

Company looks to open medical marijuana dispensary in Evans Mills

WATERTOWN — A Brooklyn-based company is hoping to set up a medical marijuana dispensary in Evans Mills.

Sheva Health and Wellness is one of 43 companies vying for a license to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York.

The dispensary would be located at 26121 Route 11, Evans Mills, according to spokesman Glen Casey.

Joseph Levine, founding member of the company, said the Watertown area was a good fit due to its location in the state and for its thousands of nearby veterans linked to Fort Drum.

“As NY expands its list of medical conditions to perhaps include PTSD, SHW will be prepared to service this population,” he said, in a statement.

Fri
19
Jun

At Cannabis Trade Show, Vendors Tread a Careful Line

A question hung in the air at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on Thursday: How do you show off your wares in a place where actually using them would be illegal?

The sales pitches were carefully honed.

“These are for tobacco only,” Raj Tiwary, a vice president for the vaping accessory maker Ultimate Vapor Source, said repeatedly, while demonstrating a line of pipes and pens. “Tobacco and dry herbs.”

Fri
19
Jun

Tikun Olam Announces Its First US Partnership

Tikun Olam Announces Its First U.S. PartnershipIsrael's Leading Producer of Medical Cannabis Enters Into Exclusive Partnership in New York State with Compassionate Care Center of New York; Reunites with Canadian Partner MedReleaf

Wed
17
Jun

Marijuana just might see a new home this year in the BIG APPLE

Medicinal cannabis pictured. Analysts believe that this bill would go forward even farther and result in the commercial consumption and sales of the drug.

Several states in America including Washington, Colorado and Alaska have legalized the consumption of Marijuana on the grounds of research and several studies which suggest that if consumed in moderation the drug famously known as “Weed” does not cause any lasting mental or physical health issues.

Marijuana advocates have been putting forward an argument saying that alcohol if consumed excessively poses the similar dangers as Marijuana yet it commercially available, therefore authorities should also legalize Marijuana.

Wed
17
Jun

Cuomo the final hurdle for emergency access to medical marijuana

Critically ill patients, including children with severe epilepsy, could gain faster access to medical marijuana under a bill passed by the state Senate on Monday and by the state Assembly earlier this month.

And for one local mother who has a daughter who has numerous seizures, access to medical marijuana can’t come soon enough.

That legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, would provide a process to give expedited access to medical marijuana to certain patients before the state’s medical marijuana program begins early next year.

Wed
17
Jun

Considering Cannabis for Your Portfolio? Viridian Capital Has Some Advice

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --  For investors who want to put the cannabis industry into their portfolios, one investment firm is holding the first ever cannabis investment seminar. Scott Greiper, president of Viridian Capital, which is hosting the seminar Thursday at New York City's Javits Center, said there's tremendous upside in the space, but retail investors still need to be careful.

Tue
16
Jun

Expedited Access to Medical Marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. --  With time running out in Albany, the Senate and Assembly approved a bill to give quicker access to medical marijuana for patients who need it, even before the Compassionate Care Act is scheduled to go into full effect -- but there is still one more hurdle before advocates start celebrating. 

"This is a huge win. You have a situation where you have bipartisan strong, strong bipartisan agreement," said Gabriel Sayegh, of the Drug Policy Alliance.

"If these kids who are having in some cases dozens of seizures a day have to wait until the system is up and running, optimistically sometime in 2016, that's an awful lot of torture to these children," said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan.

Tue
16
Jun

Emergency medical marijuana bill heads to NY gov.

ALBANY, N.Y. — A bill that would expedite access to medical marijuana for severely ill patients in New York will head to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.

The Republican-controlled Senate passed legislation Monday night that would create a "special certification" for patients with a "progressive and degenerative" disease or whose life or health is at risk without the drug. Those patients would be allowed access to medical marijuana before the state's program officially launches in January.

The bill would allow the state Department of Health to suspend certain requirements, allowing it to immediately award a license to grow and distribute the drug, which critics have said may open the state up to a lawsuit.

Tue
16
Jun

Could Pot Strengthen US-Israel Ties?

Many people would probably be surprised to know that Israel has become synonymous with marijuana over the years because of research conducted by its top scientists and professors. Now a group in New York state wants to bring the best of that know-how to America.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, now a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was the first person to isolate the psychoactive THC component of marijuana. He was also the first to test THC drops in children with cancer. And some of the major advances Mechoulam made in his cannabis research were financially sponsored by the American government in the form of the National Institute of Health (NIH) grants long before marijuana was medicinally legal in the United States.

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