Tag: New York cannabis

New York Assembly Votes to Seal Over 800,000 Marijuana Convictions

New York’s Assembly has passed legislation that would allow for hundreds of thousands of people to have their marijuana conviction sealed from their record. Assembly Bill 2142 would seal the conviction of those arrested for the simple possession of marijuana in public view. This would make such charges not appear on criminal background checks. This would …

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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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Legislation to Legalize Marijuana Filed in New York

Companion measures that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older have been filed in New York’s House and Senate. Senate Bill 3040 and Assembly Bill 3506 would legalize the possession and use of up to two ounces of cannabis for those 21+. The limit would be twice as much as …

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NY Expanding Medical Cannabis Program: Nurses to Recommend, Dispensaries to Deliver

New York’s Health Department has announced that the state’s medical cannabis program will soon be expanded to allow nurses to recommend the medicine, and to allow dispensaries to deliver it. Under current law only physicians can recommend medical cannabis to patients, but only around 600 of roughly 80,000 physicians in the state have begun recommending the …

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The Big Apple: Marijuana Arrest Rates Up 29 Percent, Minorities Account For 90 Percent

By Monterey Bud, Marijuana.com The ebb and flow of marijuana arrests in The Big Apple continue. . . Purportedly working to lose their “marijuana arrest capital of the world” moniker – and after successfully cutting their weed-related arrests by 75% between 2013 and 2014 – New York’s 2016 marijuana arrest rate shot up by 29% when …

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New York Assembly Passes Bill to Seal Records for Cannabis Misdemeanor Convictions

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee Crystal Peoples-Stokes yesterday announced the passage of legislation that would permit the permanent sealing of certain cannabis convictions in an effort to curb the long lasting effects of criminal records. Currently, an individual charged with possession of 25 grams of cannabis or …

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Over 10,000 Less Cannabis Arrests Made in New York City So Far in 2015 Compared to Same Period in 2014

Cannabis arrests are down significantly this year in New York City, following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for law enforcement to give citations to those possessing small amounts of cannabis rather than arresting and charging them with a criminal offense. Through the end of October, there have been just over 18,000 cannabis-related arrests in New …

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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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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 City Council Calls on State to Legalize Cannabis

By Drug Policy Alliance NYC Council 2015 Policy Agenda Urges State Legislature to Fix New York’s Broken Marijuana Policies This week, the New York City Council called for the state of New York to pass historic legislation to both decriminalize and to tax and regulate marijuana. As part of the Council’s State Budget and Legislative …

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