Pot legalization goes up in smoke as budget talks advance

ALBANY - The push to legalize marijuana by latching the measure to state budget legislation has apparently faltered, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Cuomo suggested there was "too little time" to revive the proposal in budget bills.

Cuomo: Legal Marijuana Out Of The Budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo says legalizing recreational marijuana is not going to be part of the state budget this year. Cuomo made his comments as the budget deadline approached with no agreement on how to close a $15 billion budget gap, caused by the fallout from the coronavirus.

Citing a new study, advocacy groups say dispensaries should not be considered an essential business

DENVER - A study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is within the National Institutes of Health, reports smoking marijuana may increase a person's risk for contracting the novel coronavirus. Two national advocacy groups are citing the study as a reason for removing the "essential" designation from dispensaries in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal.

California pot dispensaries are open during coronavirus crisis. Some want them closed

In designating California's marijuana industry as essential under the state's COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom has argued that the health benefits of keeping pot shops open outweigh the risks - even as opponents of the policy call it reckless.

'The legal stuff is garbage': why Canada's cannabis black market keeps thriving

Cannabis may be legal in Vancouver but visitors looking to score are likely to run into a seemingly counterintuitive suggestion: try the black market. Recreational marijuana was legalised across Canada in October 2018. And yet on Reddit, the specialist forum website used by millions every day, many of Vancouver's cannabis connoisseurs still swear by their underground supply.

Legalizing marijuana is a step backwards for social justice

The Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee recently held a public hearing on Senate Bill 16, a bill to commercialize marijuana. One prevailing theme was the potential for achieving social justice, but nothing about this bill will even touch social justice - unless the goal is to make it worse.

Bloomberg's new marijuana policy is short on details - Roll Call

Posted February 18, 2020 at 4:47pm Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg formalized his stance on marijuana Tuesday, calling for decriminalization as part of a broader criminal justice platform. But the paragraph-long marijuana policy leaves a lot of questions about what federal marijuana policy would look like under a Bloomberg administration.

Hearing on Recreational Marijuana Draws Dozens

Connecticut decriminalized the use of marijuana in 2011. A new bill discussed before the judiciary committee on Monday goes a big step further, legalizing the possession and the sale of the drug for recreational use. "No one is here advocating for the use of cannabis," said Rep.

Luke Albee: Slow down on commercializing pot

Editor's note: This commentary is by Luke Albee, who worked for Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., for 20 years and was his chief of staff from 1993-2004. He consults with a non-profit organization called SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana. In Washington, facts have fallen on hard times.

One in six vaping lung illnesses linked to legally purchased THC, according to federal data

One-sixth of patients who developed lung injuries after vaping marijuana obtained the product from legal dispensaries, a new federal report says, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said reinforced its current recommendations to not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

Reject push for marijuana legalization

Lawmakers in Santa Fe will soon be faced with a 30-day legislative session to pass a budget. But this year, instead of putting all hands on deck to address the serious issues with the state's child services programs and the bottom-of-the-barrel ranking in education, legislators will be trying to ram through a bill to commercialize marijuana.

Conflicting polling results show mixed support for legalization of marijuana

New Mexico lawmakers will meet in Santa Fe next week and are expected to talk about making recreational marijuana legal.But a recent poll done by Emerson College shows 63% of New Mexico voters oppose making recreational marijuana legal."There is more nuance to marijuana policy than either full commercialization or full prohibition," said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy adviser to the Obama administration.

Pot Politics: Some Northeast States Regroup on Legalization

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast - it had already passed in three of the region's states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York.

State of the State: Cuomo pushing for recreational marijuana

As it stands now, marijuana is legal in New York state, for medical-use purposes only. However, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo continues to push to legalize the drug for recreational use. Steve Ammerman, Spokesman for the New York Farm Bureau, says "It's an agricultural product and who better to grow something in New York state than New York farmers.

Study: Pot vaping on rise among NY teens

ALBANY -- New York lawmakers are preparing to consider legalizing marijuana just as a new federal study shows that high school students are vaping the drug with far greater frequency than they were two years ago. The research, funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH), found marijuana vaping among 12th graders has more than doubled over the past two years.

Legal vapes bought in stores made people sick. But the CDC doesn't ask where they were sold

After new reports of lung illnesses linked to legal THC vapes, cannabis advocates and opponents can agree on one thing: Government officials should give consumers more information about where the dangerous products were purchased.

My Son Was Addicted to Pot Vaping. Now, Congress Wants to Aid the Industry.

The marijuana industry would have us believe that pot is neither addictive nor harmful. I have a different opinion.

It's not just bootleg THC vapes making people sick. Some got their products from licensed dispensaries.

New evidence shows that legitimate THC vaping products are also making people sick, meaning that illegal, off-brand vapes aren't the only products to blame for the current outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that at least six patients suspected of having the vaping lung illness purchased THC products at licensed marijuana dispensaries in that state.