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New York: Legalization Measure Introduced to Legislature

Update: A newly formed campaign, Start Smart NY, was launched on June 12 to support legalization. Empire State NORML is a member of the coalition supporting it’s efforts.  Update: The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, State Senate Bill S3040, has been referred to the Finance Committee. Senator Liz Krueger (D) has introduced the Marijuana Regulation … Continue reading »

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New York: Senate Legislation Pending To Expand Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis

A pair of bills are pending in the Senate to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis. Senate Bill 6092 expands the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis access to include those with Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other debilitating diseases. It also removes arbitrary caps imposed on the amount of … Continue reading »

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New York: Legislation To Add PTSD as a Qualifying Condition

Update: The New York Assembly passed A 7006 on May 2. The bill now awaits action by the Senate.  Legislation is moving forward, A. 7006, to allow patients with post-traumatic stress eligible for medical cannabis therapy. New York is one of the only states with a medical marijuana program that does not allow patients with … Continue reading »

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New York: Support Legislation To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Law

Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 1087, to expand the state’s medical marijuana law by removing the existing prohibition on herbal cannabis preparations. Under existing law, qualified patients are forbidden from obtaining whole-plant cannabis. Instead, they are required to access only cannabis-infused oral products such as oils, pills, or extracts prepared from the plant. “Smoking” or … Continue reading »

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New York: Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

Update: A. 2142 has passed the state Assembly by a vote of 95 to 38. The Senate has yet to take action on its companion bill, S. 3809. Legislation (A. 2142 and S. 3809) is before the Assembly and Senate to seal the records of those who have previously been convicted of the possession of … Continue reading »

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New York: Legalization Measure Introduced to Legislature

Senator Liz Krueger (D) has introduced the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in the New York General Legislature. The act legalizes possession and cultivation, and would establish a market for legal marijuana for adults 21 and older.  The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, … Continue reading »

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New York: Legislation Pending to Eliminate ‘Public View’ Marijuana Possession Arrests

Legislation has been pre-filed for the 2017 legislative session to eliminate the ‘public view’ loophole exception in New York state’s marijuana law. Abuse of this provision has led to hundreds of thousands of needless marijuana arrests in recent years, primarily in New York City, despite the possession of the plant being decriminalized in the state … Continue reading »

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New York: Lawmakers Fail To Consider Legalization Measures

Lawmakers failed to take action on the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which would have legalized the drug for people over the age of 21. S 1747 and it’s counterpart A 3089, sought to regulate the commercial cultivation and retail sale of marijuana to adults over the age of 21. It also would have permitted the … Continue reading »

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New York: Fairness and Equity Act Tabled

Legislation was tabled in the Assembly (A. 6218A) and Senate (S. 137A) to eliminate loopholes in the state’s existing decriminalization law. The “Fairness and Equity Act” (“FEA”), was a comprehensive piece of legislation that would have expanded the decriminalization of cannabis in New York State. Enacting the FEA would have not only put an end … Continue reading »

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New York: Measure Seeks To Expand Access To Medicinal Cannabis

Legislation is pending the the Assembly to increase patients’ ability gain access to medicinal cannabis. Assembly Bill 9151 calls on the Department of Health to double the number of state-licensed medical cannabis producers and dispensaries. These new facilities will be located in underserved regions of the state. At present, only a total of 20 dispensaries are permitted, … Continue reading »

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