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New York Marijuana Possession Charges Would be Sealed Under Measure Approved by Assembly

With a 95 to 38 vote, New York’s full Assembly has given approval to a bill that would seal the criminal records of those charged with possessing marijuana. According to government statistics, there have been over 800,000 people arrested in New York for simple cannabis possession in the last 20 years, making the reaches of …

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New York Governor Signs Hemp Bill Into Law

A bill to expand New York’s hemp program was signed into law Friday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In December, 2014 Governor Cuomo signed a bill allowing New York’s Department of Agriculture, as well as universities in the state, to cultivate and produce hemp for the purposes of research. The new measure, introduced by Senator Tom …

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New York Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Emergency Access Bill

After months of pressure from medical cannabis advocates and public health officials, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a medical cannabis emergency access bill today that will expedite access to medical cannabis for critically ill patients. Earlier this year New York’s full legislature gave approval to Assembly Bill 7060 and Senate Bill 5086, which directs …

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Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Open Throughout New York Within 6 Months

The New York State Department of Health issued licenses today to five organizations giving them the authority to cultivate and distribute cannabis for medical use. Each of the five organizations will be allowed to open four dispensaries and four cultivate centers, with the dispensaries mandated to be open within six months (putting the deadline at …

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New York Legislature Passes Medical Cannabis Emergency Access Bill

By Drug Policy Alliance ALBANY, NY — Monday night, in an unusual show of bipartisan support, the New York Senate voted 50 to 12 in favor of a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo, that directs the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as …

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New York Opens Application Process for Medical Cannabis Producers and Dispensers

New York’s Department of Health announced it is accepting applications from those wanting to operate organizations that manufacture and dispense medical cannabis in the state. The announcement comes over 9 months after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law that allows those with certain medical conditions to possess and use cannabis medicines if they receive …

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New York Department of Health Issues Final Medical Cannabis Regulations

By Drug Policy Alliance New York State Officials Ignore Patients, Providers and Industry Experts to Instead Pursue One of the Nation’s Most Unworkable Medical Marijuana Programs ALBANY, NY — Late Tuesday, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released the final regulations for New York’s medical marijuana program. The announcement followed a period of …

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New York Governor Signs Hemp Proposal Into Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this week signed into law a proposal that legalizes the cultivation and production of hemp for research purposes. The proposal, put forth by Assemblymember Donna Lupardo and Senator Tom O’Mara, passed the state’s House and Senate earlier this year. Under the new law, New York’s Department of Agriculture, as …

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New York Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially signed the New York Compassionate Care Act into law, a measure legalizing the medical use of cannabis. Under the new law, those in New York will be allowed to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes if they receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently receive a …

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New York Legislature Approves Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill, Governor Expected to Sign Into Law

New York’s Assembly voted at around 2:50AM EST on June 20th to approve the Compassionate Care Act, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. The vote was quickly followed by the bill’s approval in the Senate. Under the proposed law, individuals will be allowed to possess cannabis for medical purposes if they receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently …

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