New York

Tue
02
Jun

Which State Has Cleared Over 80% of Its Prior Cannabis Convictions? The Leafly Legalization Roundup

With summer just around the corner, many legislative sessions are nearing an end, but that doesn't mean the end for cannabis progress! This week brings surprising and heartwarming news from down on the bayou in Louisiana, while California’s discussing legalization, New York is gearing up to select growers for their medical program, and India just held their first ever medical cannabis conference.

 

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CALIFORNIA

Tue
02
Jun

Medical Marijuana Feeds Familiar Hopes of Renewal Around New York State

Don Crawford on his family's farm in Wallkill, N.Y., which is adjacent to property where a company wants to produce medical marijuana. Mr. Crawford supports the proposal.

By Anemona Hartocollis

WALLKILL, N.Y. — Don Crawford comes from a long line of Orange County farmers. Though he no longer tends dairy cows, he still cuts hay for the thriving equestrian industry, and cringes at the creep of the suburbs.

So when a stranger came to town and announced plans to grow marijuana on the fallow land next to his, Mr. Crawford was thrilled.

“It’s better than a bunch of houses,” he said.

Mon
01
Jun

Medical marijuana applicant gets boost from URMC

A Seneca County company vying for one of five state licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana has gotten a boost for its application from the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Supervisor of the Town of Gates.

Citiva Medical, LLC already has support from officials in Romulus, Seneca County to build a medical marijuana growing facility at the former Seneca Army Depot. Late last month, Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini urged the the state Health Department to grant the company a license to sell its products “in a properly zoned retail location” in the town. He did not provide specifics.

Mon
01
Jun

License to Supply Pot: Deadline Nears for Firms in New York

Companies have until June 5 to file applications with the state’s health department for one of five licenses to dispense medical marijuana

Erik Holling spent more than 10 years helping turn a family business into a global information-technology company with a staff of 3,500 people in more than 190 countries.

Now he is aiming to be at the forefront of a new industry for New York state: medical marijuana.

Mr. Holling, who earlier in his career worked in medical research and health care, is now president of Valley Agriceuticals, a Purchase-based health-care company vying for one of five licenses to grow and distribute medical marijuana in New York.

Sat
30
May

Medical Marijuana Grower Eyes Old Depot

The Town of Romulus Board meeting provided a letter of support to a medical company looking to grow marijuana on 20 acres of the old Seneca Army Depot. Mike Palombo, Director of Research and Development for Civita Medical, a research and development company with property in the former Army Depot, gave the introduction. The property is located near Seneca Bio-energy; it would be all fenced in and secure with employee parking as part of Phase I.

Civita bought property in the Depot in 2014. Palombo reminded the public that the Governor Cuomo’s office has approved legislation for medical marijuana, and said the company was seeking one of five New York State licenses to grow medical marijuana.

Fri
29
May

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life

Ross Ulbricht, creator of the underground website Silk Road, which let users anonymously buy and sell anything from drugs to hacking tutorials, was sentenced Friday to life in prison after he made a tearfulplea for leniency.

Ulbricht, who is 31, was convicted in February on seven counts ranging from money laundering to drug trafficking. He could have been sentenced to only 20 years.

 

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest was clear that she was making an example of Ulbricht in part to deter others from committing similar crimes.

"There must be no doubt that no one is above the law," Forrest said. "You, as the defendant, have to pay the price."

Fri
29
May

Historic stoner wants to help heroin epidemic in Afghanistan

When Dana Beal was locked up in Nebraska and Wisconsin a few years back, facing hard time after being busted transporting hundreds of pounds of marijuana, friends and allies from across the world flew to the Midwest to speak on his behalf. 

These days, all the backup Beal, 68, who ended up serving about three years, says he needs is five or six people to join his bi-weekly pickets outside of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in lower Manhattan. 

Fri
29
May

Cannabis Business Certification and Career Workshops Presented at New York Trade Show ...

PARAMUS N.J. May 29 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A six-hour certification program on "How to Open a Cannabis Business" is being presented at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) at the Javits Center in New York NY.Taking place on Wednesday June 17th this workshop is part of a dedicated day of education at the leading event on the East Coast for the legalized and medical marijuana industry.

Wed
27
May

Medical marijuana in NY remains out of reach

ALBANY, N.Y. — The 10-year-old girl stood smiling at the governor's side as he signed a medical marijuana bill into law last July.

Amanda Houser was so excited for the event, her mother said, her health problems — a rare form of epilepsy — were nearly forgotten for the day. And the photo from the New York City event of Amanda bashfully holding her cheeks next to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of the more memorable images from his time in office.

But the good feelings from the event have gradually subsided, and ill patients are increasingly frustrated that, nearly a year later, they still can't access medical marijuana in New York.

Wed
27
May

New York State's former homeland security chief now works safeguarding marijuana shipments

ALBANY - The state's former chief of homeland security has a new job safeguarding marijuana shipments, the Daily News has learned.

Michael Balboni, who served as the top homeland security official of former governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, has been hired as a security consultant for pot grower Empire State Compassionate Care.

The company is one of several looking to obtain a license to grow and distribute medical marijuana in New York.

“What we are doing is putting all the gates, guards, guns and gadgets in place to ensure that there is seed to sale and no diversion of product,” Balboni told the News.

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