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If Marijuana Is Medicine, Why Can't We Buy It in Pharmacies?

The popular explanation for medical marijuana dispensaries that have popped up in states from Washington to New York is that marijuana is a wonder drug — treating not just nausea and lack of appetite, but also pain, anxiety, epileptic seizures, and the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.

The federal government refuses to allow people to use it, proponents say. 

The story, however, isn’t quite so simple.


New form of marijuana prompts warning from police

ALBANY COUNTY— There is a new form of pot on the block prompting a warning from police.
In the last few months authorities have made a handful of arrests-- including two arrests in Albany County just in the past two weeks-- connected to what is called marijuana wax.
Marijuana wax is a highly-potent form of the drug. Police say it is basically weed on steroids.
“It’s nasty stuff and it's messing people up," Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said. “It’s like 90 percent THC. 90 percent pure."
Depending on how it is cooked it can look like rock candy or peanut brittle. Police say it is often hidden in lip balm containers.


Advocates Concerned New York Medical Marijuana Rules Omit Approval For PTSD Treatment

WATERTOWN — Some veterans and advocates say New York’s newly approved medical marijuana rules have left a gap by not allowing medical professionals to provide treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The newly finalized state regulations allow medical marijuana in non-smokable forms to treat “debilitating or life-threatening conditions” such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s disease, but not PTSD, experienced by many in the military.

Robert P. Loughhead, veterans outreach coordinator at the Vets Peer to Peer Outreach Center on State Street, said he’s heard more feedback from north country veterans in favor of opening access.

“They don’t like the other medications they get from the VA,” he said. “People don’t want to lose all of their emotions.”


Potential pot growers struggle with New York’s new rules

Rush of growers expected, but only 5 will be approved

Gary Smith grows millions of pounds of tomatoes in a greenhouse in Niagara County, but he is fighting the clock to rotate in a different crop soon so that he can harvest in time for sale next January. His new crop: marijuana.

Or, at least, he hopes it will be.

Smith is among hundreds of people poring over regulations the state Department of Health released last week that paves the way for medical marijuana to be sold in New York State by early next year.

The complex set of rules sets in motion an application period that is expected to see a rush of businesses trying to get a foothold in the state’s medical marijuana industry.


NY refuses to loosen up strict medical marijuana rules

Syracuse, N.Y. -- The state has refused to loosen up its stringent medical marijuana rules that prohibit the drug from being smoked and only allow it to be used to treat 10 medical conditions.

The state Health Department has issued final regulations after receiving hundreds of comments from the public. The state expects to get its medical marijuana program off the ground next year.

"Expanding the initial set of regulations would have subjected the State to unnecessary scrutiny and jeopardized the program's ability to move forward in any meaningful manner," the health department said.


New York State's Medical Marijuana Rules Shaping Up as Unusually Restrictive

Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, a Democratic sponsor of the medical marijuana legislation, criticized "senseless burdensome restrictions" on the program.

ALBANY — When New York State’s lawmakers were mulling legalizing the medical use of marijuana last summer, some proponents feared that the proposed law was so restrictive that it would prevent many patients from receiving the drug.

Now, with the state’s Health Department close to issuing final regulations about the new program, the law’s supporters say their fears may soon be realized.


Pharmaceutical Heiress Sued By Condo Tenants For 'Offensive' Levels Of Marijuana Smoke ...

Jacqueline Lasdon is a pharmaceutical heiress and self-proclaimed “opera singer gone rogue” who received a $2.5 million trust fund disbursement from her late grandfather, a pharmaceutical magnate. After the she received the money, she purchased a home at the upscale Onyx Condominium. However, it seems her fellow tenants are not too keen on Lasdon living in the building and are filing a lawsuit that includes abuses such as “offensive” levels of marijuana smoke coming from her unit and various “transients” entering the building to visit.


Hemp Based Batteries Could Change The Way We Store Energy Forever

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Although hemp (cannabis sativa) and marijuana (cannabis sativa var. indica) come from a similar species of plant, they are very different and confusion has been caused by deliberate misinformation with far reaching effects on socioeconomics as well as on environmental matters.


Former Wall Streeters Share Tips on Profiting From Pot Without Touching It

HARLEM — There are a lot of ways to make money from pot that don't involve the drug itself.

That was the message from three former Wall Street analysts who spoke Wednesday night to those gathered at the monthly meeting ofHigh NY, a group dedicated to changing the way people use cannabis.

“Now is the time to get involved if you are serious about getting in this industry. Public opinion has never been higher, we’ve never had this much momentum,” High NY co-founder Michael Zaytsev, who worked as a financial analyst for J.P. Morgan and then as a salesman for Google, told the 50 people gathered at the Harlem Garage.


Warren County leaders endorse marijuana-growing plans

QUEENSBURY — Warren County Supervisers voted in support of Amy and Hillary Peckham’s proposal to develop a marijuana-growing facility south of Chestertown, an operation that is expected to provide dozens of well-paying, stable jobs in the northern sector of the county.

The unanimous vote was cast by the supervisors following a detailed presentation of plans by Hillary Peckham, 23, and her mother Amy — the wife of John Peckham, CEO of Peckham Industries. The firm operates a gravel quarry across state Rte. 9 from where the marijuana-growing and processing plant would be located, about one mile south of Chestertown. The operation, independent of Peckham Industries, would be operated by Etain, Inc. — led by Hillary and Amy Peckham.


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