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Tue
26
May

New York: Deadline for medical marijuana license rapidly approaching

Time is quickly running out for those looking to get their medical marijuana licenses.

Getting a medical marijuana license is going to be very competitive since only five will be approved.

Each of the five applicants will be limited to four dispensaries each.

Dispensaries must be located in multiple counties across the state, but it comes with several more challenges. Even if a business is approved and licensed, it will have to find a location and get local approval before building the facility.

Etain is just one of the many companies who is looking to grow in Chester, but wants to dispense in Queensbury, and now, Albany could be next on their list.

Mon
25
May

For ill patients, medical marijuana in NY remains out of reach

As New York nears awarding licenses to the companies who will grow and distribute the medical marijuana, critics are concerned the system won't be in place by the state's expected Jan. 1 target.

ALBANY - 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.

Mon
25
May

Three Rochester firms vie to be medical marijuana producers

A medical marijuana growing room in an unspecified location outside New York.(Photo: Photo provided by Butler Evergreen)

Hoping to plant a seed and grow a thriving business in western New York, at least three Rochester-area companies plan to seek state approval to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana.

Under the state law that will allow physicians to prescribe marijuana-based medicine to treat select illnesses beginning in January, five companies are being chosen to provide that medication. Applications are being taken through June 5.

Fri
22
May

NY: Medical marijuana company eyes location for business in Perth

Buildings that once housed thousands of juvenile offenders in rural Perth may soon have scores of new tenants kept under lock and key: marijuana plants.

Empire State Health Solutions officially announced Thursday its plans to locate a medical marijuana production facility in the small Fulton County town at the Tryon Technology Park, formerly a juvenile detention center. Those plans are contingent on the company winning one of five licenses to grow and distribute the drug that the state will dole out later this summer.

The company's top officials are hoping a science-first focus will be a major selling point that helps the Capital Region score a facility they say has the potential for upward of 100 jobs when it's fully operational.

Fri
22
May

Watch: The Who's Roger Daltrey threatens to walk off stage after smelling marijuana

Warning: Video contains profane language

 

Given his band’s reputation for raucous behavior on and off the stage, one might be surprised that the lead singer of iconic rock band The Who has an aversion to marijuana smoke — even when he sniffs it out at shows.

Sure enough, Roger Daltrey halted Wednesday night’s concert in Long Island, New York, and threatened to end the proceedings because of how much pot smoke was wafting up to the stage.

Fri
22
May

Stakeout ends marijuana cookie drive-thru business

An unemployed chef came up with a recipe to make some cash, baking marijuana-laced cookies and then using the Internet for promotion and his own version of the fast-food industry’s drive-thru window for distribution.

Sebastian P. Kujawa made a habit of leaving his Brinton Street house in North Buffalo with a fresh batch of cookies and crossing through Minnesota Linear Park, an old right of way, to the dead end of Nicholson Street and wait for customers to drive up and purchase their orders, Buffalo police said.

Neighbors watched these nocturnal transactions, a man leaping out of the bushes with a package in hand and darting up to cars that had just parked. It was an unnerving sight.

What the heck was going on?

Fri
22
May

Top 10 Things Innovators Can Learn From David Letterman

In the weeks leading up to David Letterman’s very last show, a procession of entertainers—from Tom Hanks to Tina Fey—stopped by his studio to thank him for inventing a new dialect of American television, a funny and irreverent language that inspired many talented young men and women to take risks and try out for a life in show business.

But actors and comedians aren’t the only ones that have much to learn from Dave; helming one of the most talked about TV programs for more than three decades, Letterman has much to teach all of us who labor to get a company, a non-profit, or any other sort of enterprise off the ground.

Here, then, as a tribute to the Master, are the Top 10 things you can learn from CEO David Letterman:

Wed
20
May

Medical marijuana operation could bring 100 jobs to Saugerties, town supervisor says

AUGERTIES >> A proposed medical marijuana growing operation could bring 100 jobs to a site just south of the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Old Kings Highway, according to town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel.

Helsmoortel said Monday that the proposal, by a company called New York Growing Partners, envisions a facility to grow medical marijuana. He said it is unrelated to a previous proposal by a company called Canna Care LLC. “They’re out of the picture now,” he said.

The proposed 12-acre site of the operation, known as the John Mullen shovel-ready site, already has gone through most of the planning process, including water, sewer, archaeological and environmental reviews, Helsmoortel said.

Mon
18
May

The godfather of ganja comes from a legendary Mafia family

During Prohibition, it was booze. Then gambling, racketeering and cocaine. But today, the New York mob makes big money from an unlikely product — marijuana. And the godfather of ganja is from one of the storied names in Mafia lore: Eboli.

Silvio Eboli, 44, is the grandson of Tommy Eboli, who ruled the Genovese crime family from 1969-72, and grandnephew of Patsy Eboli, a Genovese capo and head of the what the family called the Greenwich Village Crew.

Tommy Eboli was killed, his family believes by Vincent “The Chin” Gigante, a k a the “Oddfather,” who replaced him as boss of the Genovese. Patsy, the family tells me, figured he was next, so he fled to Lagos, Nigeria, then made his way over land and by boat to Sicily, where he lived in exile.

Mon
18
May

NY pushes back medical marijuana deadline

The state expects to register the companies selected to grow, distribute medical marijuana by July.

ALBANY – The state Department of Health has pushed back a deadline to apply for a license to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

The new deadline for businesses seeking one of five licenses statewide is now June 5, according to a notice posted Friday to the health department's website. It had previously been May 29.

The state said the delay is the result of a high number of questions about the application process and is pushing back the deadline to provide answers.

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