Medical Marijuana

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    After Two Epileptic Children Die, Governor Asks to Speed Up Marijuana Legalization Timeline

    Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to acting Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker on Tuesday asking Zucker to consider expediting the medical marijuana legalization specifically for epileptic children in New York. Cuomo's letter comes after two children, nine-year-old Anna Conte and three-year-ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    New York Will Become 23rd State to Legalize Medical Marijuana--Just Not the Kind You Can Smoke

    At precisely 2:51 a.m. on Friday, June 20, the New York State Assembly passed the Compassionate Care Act, which (when the bill passes the senate, as it is widely expected to, when it is taken up around 10 a.m.) will make New York the 23rd state in the union where medical marijuana is long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    With Time Running Out, New York Must Decide on Medical Marijuana

    #106462966 / gettyimages.comThe New York State Legislature has just more than three days to approve a bill that would legalize medical marijuana across the state, before the legislative session ends on Thursday, June 19. If it doesn't pass--and it hasn't passed the last sixteen times it has been int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    New York is Closer Than Ever to a Passing a Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Law--But Don't Hold Your Breath

    On Tuesday, the New York State Senate's Health Committee voted to approve the Compassionate Care Act. If the bill goes on to pass the full senate, it would create a comprehensive statewide system for New Yorkers to access medical marijuana. I know what you're thinking--didn't Governor Andrew Cuomo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Video: Will NYC Ever Legalize Marijuana?

    "This year we're calling it a victory parade," says Laura Notini, an organizer for the 2014 NYC Cannabis Parade, which traveled down Broadway from 32nd Street to Union Square on Saturday, May 3, 2014. "We've had great victories around the country and we're hoping to keep that energy going and get so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    High on Home Cooking: Celebrate 4/20 With the High Times Cannabis Cookbook

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    New Yorkers Ready to Puff, Puff, Pass Medical Marijuana Legalization

    Good news! Pollsters finally found the one thing almost all New Yorkers -- men and women, Democrats and Independents, the young and middle aged -- can agree on: our support for medical marijuana. On Monday, Quinnipiac University released a new poll showing 88 percent of New Yorkers support legaliz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    "I Got That Weed": A Song For Our Times

    It's been a big month for marijuana-rights activists. Colorado and Washington become the first two states to legalize the drug for recreational use. And, perhaps more importantly, rapper Mighty Casey (of "BET Un:Cut" and "White Girls" fame) and his new band Knight Blade released "I Got That Weed." T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Busted Dog Fighters and Cracked-Up Puppy Mills: A Good Week for Pooch

    It's been a banner week for dogs in New York. Tuesday saw the indictment of 39-year-old Leslie Alexander, who had been using his Brownsville home to train dogs to fight in the very cruel, very illegal dog-fighting circuit. (The cops initially went there on a warrant for guns and drugs and instead fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Medical Marijuana Bill Wins in the New York State Assembly

    On Monday, a bill that would allow medical marijuana use sailed through the New York State Assembly, passing with a clean 95-38. If the bill makes it through the Senate, folks with "severely debilitating or life-threatening conditions" could be prescribed pot by their doctors.

  • Voice Choices

    January 30, 2013


    T.J. Miller Hits Gotham Comedy Club

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    The Big Lobbyist Battle For Medical Reefer in New York Begins

    New York has had the whole medical marijuana conversation for a while (end result: fail) and legalizing marijuana, if only for medical purposes, has its twists and turns here. Even with the roll back of the draconian Rockefeller drug laws by Cuomo, being the world capital of weed arrests sure doesn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Arizona's Dispensary Lottery Results in Legal Confusion

    Well, we really don't know what to make of all this... As we have been attentively tracking any and all U.S. drug policy developments, a common motif is the legal confusion surrounding medical marijuana. In California, for example, some municipalities have held back on clearly defining dispensar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Can It Treat Diarrhea?

    Well then. We're not sure how accurate this item is, but it's interesting reading, to say that least: The Weed Blog claims that medical marijuana might be good for treating the runs.

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Arizona Rejects Expanded List of Prescription Pot Ailments

    Shortly after we reported that Arizona was weighing expanding the list of conditions for which medical marijuana is permitted, the state's Department of Health Services has just decided not to add more ailments such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and mig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: New Jersey Grows Prescription Pot!

    Several days after a New Jersey lawmaker called on his fellow politicians to explain delays in prescription pot dispensary development, a report indicates that marijuana is being grown in the state. The state's first legal cannabis crop in generations has been growing hydroponically, in a warehouse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Is Pot Gaining More Ground in Washington?

    Shoreline, Wash., has just decided to permanently regulate collective medical marijuana gardens, according to media reports. What this means? The City Council agreed last night that it's OK with these prescription pot setups, and the vote means the municipality's administrations will develop code ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Feds Crack Down on California's Harborside Health Center

    Federal authorities, in their ongoing campaign against California's legal cannabis corps, are now trying to shut down Harborside Health Center -- America's largest and most famous medical marijuana dispensary. As detailed by the Los Angeles Times, the feds filed complaints for forfeiture of propert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Will Kalamazoo, Michigan, OK Kush?

    In November, voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., will decide whether to allow prescription pot shops in their city. As detailed on, Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson confirmed that the measure -- originally submitted in August 2011 -- will be on the ballot this fall. There originally had be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Will Massachusetts Voters OK Weed?

    Last week, we reported on Massachusetts medical marijuana advocates' move to gather enough signatures to put prescription pot on November's ballot. Now, it looks like Mass voters will def vote on weed.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Can Weed Treat Obesity?

    We're still trying to wrap our heads around this item, but here we go... Several British researchers claim that cannabis -- fondly known for inducing intense cravings for everything from Hot Pockets to Doritos to Taco Bell -- might actually have appetite suppressant qualities, and could even be use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Buzzkill Israeli Scientists Breed Highless Medical Marijuana

    Whyyyyyyyyy? Wait, sorry, let's back up a bit: An Israeli firm has apparently developed highless marijuana for medical purposes, Reuters reports. So, yes: Whyyyyyyyyy?

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Is Massachusetts Next?

    Big news this morning for Massachusetts's prescription pot promoters: Today is the deadline for them to gather enough signatures for a medical marijuana ballot question. So, if they get 68,000 John Hancocks, Massachusetts voters will weigh palliative pot in November.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: No More Prescription Pot in Malibu?

    Medical marijuana is soon to be no more in Malibu, Calif. Federal law enforcement authorities' continued pressure on dispensaries has already prompted one of the town's prescription pot shop to close. The city's second store will shutter July 1, according to media reports.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: New Hampshire Gov Says 'No' To Prescription Pot

    Friday brings us some more weed news from the Northeast. Though Connecticut potpreneurs are readying themselves for a medical marijuana-prompted business boom, it doesn't look like that will be the case in New Hampshire quite yet. Citing patient "risks" and calling cannabis a "serious drug," Gov. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Cannabis Comes to Connecticut!

    No, New York won't have more relaxed reefer laws anytime soon. And no, prescription pot doesn't look all that safe in California. But, some states, such as Connecticut, are going forward with medical marijuana reforms and embracing the business ops that come with them.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    BREAKING: Parents Don't Know How To Talk To Their Kids About Drugs

    This just in: Parents don't know how to talk to their kids about drugs, according to media reports. As detailed recently by The Associated Press, medical marijuana legalization efforts have complicated "the drug talk" between moms, dads, and teens. "Parent-child conversations about pot 'have beco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Feds Threaten Pot Shop Landlords

    Right as New York's Assembly voted to greenlight prescription pot, federal authorities continue to put pressure on states with legal medical weed -- targeting dispensaries and now, landlords who lease space to marijuana shops.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Reefer Madness: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Not Linked to Crime?

    Lots of pot news this morning! Though New York might reform weed regs, the Feds have continued their crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries elsewhere -- most recently, they filed court docs to shut down three dispensaries near Los Angeles -- but new research puts to question law enforcement's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Comes to Connecticut

    For our Northeastern neighbor, it's a shame 4/20 was two weeks ago. This morning, after 10 hours of debate, the Connecticut Senate voted 21 to 13 on a bill that will legalize marijuana for medical usage. After already being cleared in the House, the "green" legislation heads to the desk of Gove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Crime Higher in Neighborhoods Without Marijuana Dispensaries, RAND Corporation Finds

    Rickard Blommengren​Our feature in this week's Voice finds that under Mayor Bloomberg, over 60,000 (mostly black and Latino male) New Yorkers will be arrested this year for small levels of marijuana possession. In a study co-authored by Harry Levine and Loren Sigel, the Drug Policy Alliance pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Andrew Cuomo Reconsiders Medical Marijuana

    ​After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the state's medical marijuana program the green light on Tuesday, our own Governor Cuomo is reconsidering whether or not to implement a similar program in New York. A group of New York politicians recently co-sponsored a medical marijuana bill, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Program Could Begin by the End of 2011

    ​After complications, New Jersey will move forward with its medical marijuana program, Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday. The bill, signed into law by former Governor Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat, on his last day in office back in January of 2010, was supposed to make way for operation wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2011

    'East Coast Rapist' Caught in Connecticut; MTA Working on 15 Subway Lines This Weekend; Libyan Rebels Fight For Control of Key City

    the East Coast Rapist. via‚ÄčA man known by police as the "East Coast Rapist" has been apprehended in Connecticut. Aaron Thomas, 39, has allegedly sexually assaulted 17 women in four states (Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Connecticut). Earlier this week, law enforcement created the aptly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Medical Marijuana News: Substituting Barbecue Sauce for Bong

    cleveland.comContemplating the barbecue buffet at the mother ship, Hot Sauce Williams​Despite the fact that medical marijuana has yet to hit the Empire State, Fork in the Road has been keeping careful track of the myriad permutations that the drug has taken over the last few months.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Free Weed for Food Donations in California; New York State Fires Kosher Food Inspectors

    ​The Granny Purps, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, gave patients free joints for every four cans of food they donated, with a maximum of three a day. Some 11,000 pounds of food were collected. [NPR] A look at the PepsiCo Science Park in New Haven reveals an earnest effort to fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2010

    New Jersey Inching Toward Medical Marijuana, But It Won't Be the "Good Stuff"

    NJ Stoners​Ailing New Jersey residents may be smoking medical marijuana by next summer thanks to a compromise reached between Governor Chris Christie and weed advocates, who thought they had won when previous Governor Jon Corzine signed a law legalizing the treatment on his way out of office. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Suck This Down: Colorado Company Offers Marijuana-Laced Sodas

    ​A psychedelic rainbow of ways to get high We recently reported that holders of medical marijuana permits in California were not confined to consuming their medicine as buds, hashish, or brownies, but could legally acquire the drug in the form of freshly baked raspberry crisps and lollipops, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Suck on This: Medical Marijuana Lollipops

    ​"KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN" warns the label When my friend Melanie came back from the Bay Area last week, she was very enthusiastic about California's medical marijuana program. I told her it sounded good to me, but I was really in excellent health and couldn't imagine how I'd get a prescripti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Medical Marijuana: What Next?

    via Wikipedia​If medical marijuana becomes legalized in New York, then what next? Free cocaine for any anxious mess who manages to manipulate a prescription for it?

  • Voice Choices

    April 13, 2010


    Liars and Fol Chen in NYC

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Dope Lugs 49 Bags of Marijuana to Staten Island Hospital

    Why is she smiling? Why do you think? This poster hangs in the Ganja Gallery bar, a legal dope dispensary in Boulder, Colorado."Medical" and "marijuana" don't yet go together in New York, as a 58-year-old Staten Island man recently discovered. He showed up at the hospital last Friday for treatment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    NY Senate Warming to Weed to Fill Budget Gap?

    ​The New York State Senate has rejected a variety of 'sin' taxes that Governor Paterson has proposed to raise revenue. The Senate's budget proposal has neglected to tax sodas, or additionally tax cigarettes to help fill the $9 billion budget deficit. They've also declined to earn additional re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Jersey Farmers See Cash Crop in Newly-Legalized Medical Marijuana

    ​Last month, in the waning days of the Corzine Administration, New Jersey passed a "Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act," by which the state will "protect from arrest... those patients who use marijuana to alleviate suffering from debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physician ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Poll: New Yorkers Favor Legalizing Medical Marijuana

    The new Quinnipiac poll doesn't have too many surprises -- voters still think the state is being run into the ground, don't want new taxes, etc. -- but it does contain this novel question: Do voters think legalizing medical marijuana -- which is before the state senate now, though it keeps getting n ... More >>

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    April 1, 2008
  • News

    June 26, 2001

    Kind Bud

    Uncle Sam's Medical Pot Project Is Light on Research, Heavy on Compassion

  • NYC Life

    March 30, 1999

    Splendor in the Grass

    Medical Marijuana

  • News

    December 8, 1998

    Hyde & Seek

    Wider probe could burn judiciary chair