As New York lawmakers deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, it appears cannabis legalization is off the table for this session. During a coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said the state would likely only be able to pass a “bare-bones” budget as it’s been the state hardest hit by the pandemic. See […]

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making the rounds as he prepares for the legalization of marijuana in the Empire State. Cuomo has previously stated he wants legalization passed by state officials before April 1, when the state budget must be approved. See the original article at Daily Voice

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to legalize marijuana in New York, prioritizing a push that fell apart last year amid tensions over who should be allowed to sell the drug and where the revenue should go. The governor described the effort as a long overdue criminal justice reform that could help salve wounds in communities […]

The governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York are making a concerted effort to coordinate their state’s cannabis policies. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont attended the Regional Cannabis Regulation and Vaping Summit, hosted by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 17. All four […]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a historic bill on Monday to decriminalize the possession of cannabis. In 30 days, New Yorkers will no longer need to worry about getting picked up on the street for small time pot possession. Even better; an estimated 600,000 state residents could now be eligible for the expungement of […]

As the final agreement on a state budget comes into form, legalizing pot won’t make the cut, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said. Cuomo proposed a plan to tax and regulate marijuana as part of the budget for the fiscal year that starts Monday. But Cuomo and lawmakers indicated in recent weeks that it was increasingly unlikely a deal could […]

For advocates, there was one major disappointment when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed the details of his marijuana reform plan: the proposal, unveiled as part of his budget last month, would ultimately include a ban on home cultivation of recreational marijuana. Roughly a month before the governor announced the details of his legalization proposal, a […]

One month after announcing it would dramatically overhaul qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use, the New York State Health Department of Health announced Thursday that it had filed emergency regulations instituting the new policy. Effective immediately, New Yorkers may now replace opioid prescriptions with medical marijuana. As of July 12, any condition for which a […]

I admit I was giggly in the days leading up to my visit to Vireo Health in White Plains, NY — one of New York state’s first medical cannabis dispensaries. I bragged to my friends I was going and was repeatedly asked if I could bring back some weed. And, yeah, it was pretty funny […]

New York State has begun accepting applications for its medical marijuana licenses this week. Applicants can submit questions through May 5th and the Department of Health Services (DOH) must answer those questions by May 14th. The deadline for filing an application is May 29th. The nonrefundable application fee is $10,000 and the registration fee is […]

The state is going to pot, and that’s attracting “cannabusinesses” that want to get in on the wacky weed action. At least one company is seeking both retail and grow sites even though the state isn’t expected to request applications for some weeks — and for just five “organizations.” Other organizations could be added later. […]

New York Senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, sent a letter urging the federal government to approve the state’s first-of-its-kind request to temporarily transport medical marijuana across state lines.  The letter, which was sent to Attorney General Eric Holder, detailed support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s request to disperse out-of-state cannabidiol to children suffering from severe […]

New York Senator Liz Krueger will introduce a bill seeking to legalize marijuana for general use in New York state hoping the recent passage of medical marijuana laws will help give the bill momentum. Ms. Krueger, a Democrat representing Manhattan for more than a decade, said that in the legislative session beginning in January, she […]

Medical marijuana is now legal in New York and, a Plainview, N.Y. based company wants to help you find out if you can qualify! On Thursday August 14th will be hosting a ‘Cannabis Checkpoint’ outside its Plainview headquarters in its state wide effort to help patients understand the program and its details. The […]

When Gov. Cuomo signed the bill to to legalize pot use for some medical purposes in New York, he was aware that it would be at least 18 months before the cannabis was available. But now he is saying that 18 months might be too long for children with epilepsy to wait for relief from the cannabinoids. In […]

The New York Times editorial board endorsed the repeal of federal law banning marijuana use on Saturday with the article “Repeal Prohibition, Again”, a landmark moment in the decades-long fight for legalization. In the first of an interactive six-part series, the editorial board argues that the ban on marijuana has caused “great harm on society […]

Administration sources confirm that Gov. Cuomo signed the bill legalizing marijuana for selected medical use on Saturday . The bill was approved by the Senate and Assembly in the final days of the June legislative session and sent to Cuomo’s desk on June 24th. The governor had by midnight Saturday to sign or veto the bill. Cuomo is expected […]

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement for a pilot program to provide access to marijuana for some sick New Yorkers. The announcement came after days of intense negotiations between the Legislature and Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, who outlined a series of concerns and proffered a more restrictive system. The new agreement included a […]

An agreement between the state Senate and Assembly on whether to legalize medical marijuana in New York is due before midnight Monday in order to be voted on before the legislative session ends later this week. But Gov. Cuomo has outlined a series of concerns to lawmakers that must be addressed before he’ll even consider signing […]