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 >>
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 legal...as long ... More >>
#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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
In November, voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., will decide whether to allow prescription pot shops in their city. As detailed on MLive.com, 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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?
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.
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Rickard BlommengrenOur 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
the East Coast Rapist. viaA 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 >>
cleveland.comContemplating the barbecue buffet at the mother ship, Hot Sauce WilliamsDespite 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.
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 >>
NJ StonersAiling 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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
via WikipediaIf medical marijuana becomes legalized in New York, then what next? Free cocaine for any anxious mess who manages to manipulate a prescription for it?
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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