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The Moral High Ground: Why NYS Senate Should Pass the Emergency Medical Marijuana Bill

Julie Netherland | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Julie Netherland

Albany, mired in a slew of corruption scandals, now has the opportunity to end this legislative session on the moral high ground.

Carly Schwartz

8-Year-Old's Death Prompts Medical Marijuana Rally Outside Governor's Office | Carly Schwartz | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

Patients, advocates and family members of sick children staged a rally outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office Friday to demand that the...

Carly Schwartz

Parents Say New York Governor Isn't Doing Enough To Help Sick Kids Get Medical Marijuana | Carly Schwartz | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has asked the Justice Department twice in as many months for permission to import marijuana fr...

Matt Ferner

New York Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2015 | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Reg...

Carly Schwartz

Children's Deaths Prompt New York Governor's Bold Medical Marijuana Move | Carly Schwartz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday called for faster implementation of the state's medical marijuana law, which passed last month but won't t...

Carly Schwartz

9-Year-Old's Death Shines A Tragic Light On Medical Marijuana Debate | Carly Schwartz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Drug reform advocates across New York state are demanding emergency access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients after a 9-year...

Christopher Mathias

New York Could Decriminalize Pot For More Than Just White People | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A comprehensive new bill would ensure that marijuana in New York state is decriminalized not only for white people, but for all people, a ...

The Next Five States In Line For Marijuana Reform

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

BY JONATHAN J. COOPER, ASSOCIATED PRESS SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Advocates seeking more lenient marijuana laws have no intention of stopping with Color...

Senator Leaders, Let Us Live and Die With Dignity

Anita Savello | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Anita Savello

If New York State Senate leaders get their way, I may not live to see the Compassionate Care Act -- a bill to create a well regulated medical marijuana program for seriously ill or debilitated New Yorkers -- become law.

New York Governor Steering Medical Marijuana Into the Box Canyon

Russ Belville | Posted 08.17.2014 | New York
Russ Belville

I have been a proponent of something called the "Box Canyon" theory of medical marijuana for six years now. Simply put, it means that if you fight only for medical marijuana, your marijuana will become only medical.

Christopher Mathias

New York Could Legalize Medical Marijuana Next Week | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York state cleared what may have been its final obstacle Thursday. Sen. Diane Savino (D) said at a pres...

Christopher Mathias

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Major Hurdle In New York | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York cleared a major hurdle in Albany Tuesday as the Senate Health Committee passed the Compassionate Care...

Hunter Stuart

I Spent A Day Delivering Weed In New York City | Hunter Stuart | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

"Abe" and "Brian," the founders of a Brooklyn-based marijuana delivery service, pose alongside their bikes on a recent afternoon in Williamsburg. (Pho...

Christopher Mathias

New York Moves Closer To Legalizing Medical Marijuana | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

New York state is moving closer and closer to legalizing medical marijuana. Two Republican state senators from Western New York -- George Maziarz a...

Poll: Majority Of New Yorkers Totally Cool With Legalized Weed

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support legalizing medical marijuana across the state, a new poll shows, while a slimmer majority also support...

The New York State Senate Needs to Stop Playing Politics With Medical Marijuana Patients' Lives

Julie Netherland | Posted 03.29.2014 | New York
Julie Netherland

Every day I receive calls from patients and caregivers who want me to explain to them why the Senate has refused to vote on the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would establish a carefully regulated medical marijuana program in New York.

New York's Medical Marijuana Law Excludes Some Who Seek The Drug

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2014 | New York

By Edith Honan NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - When New York moves ahead with its planned legalization of medical marijuana for the chron...

New York Set To Allow Medical Marijuana Use

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would become the 21st state to allow medical use of marijuana under an initiative Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil this we...

New York To Loosen Marijuana Laws

The New York Times | Susanne Craig and Jesse McKinley | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

Joining a growing group of states that have loosened restrictions on marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans this week to announce an execut...

Saki Knafo

New York Could Be Third State To Legalize Pot | Saki Knafo | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

First Washington and Colorado, and now -- maybe -- New York. On Wednesday morning, New York state Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, unveiled...

Alleged Pot Grower Killed By Own Booby Trap: Cops

David Lohr | Posted 09.03.2013 | Crime

A rural New York man was killed Saturday after being nearly decapitated by a booby trap he set up to protect the marijuana plants he was illegally gro...

Is Cuomo Still Committed to Fixing New York's Broken Marijuana Possession Law?

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 07.21.2013 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

In January of this year, during his 2013 State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo made a bold call to stop discrimination in New York. Now, with only a month remaining in the legislative session, the governor appears MIA on reform.

NY Lawmakers To Consider Medical Marijuana Bill

Newsday | Posted 06.16.2013 | New York

Debate over a state bill to legalize marijuana use for some illnesses is heating up this week, with proponents saying they are optimistic legislation,...

Matt Sledge

NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours On Marijuana Arrests | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.19.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- The NYPD spent 1 million hours making 440,000 arrests for low-level marijuana possession charges between 2002 and 2012, according to a new...

New York Legislators and Community Groups Hold Urgent Rally to Reform State's Broken Marijuana Possession Law

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.12.2013 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

In 1977, New York removed criminal penalties for private possession of marijuana and made possession in public view a criminal offense. For years, there were relatively few arrests in New York for possession of marijuana in public view -- 1990 saw about 1,000. By last year, that number had skyrocketed to 45,000.