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New York Governor Forms Group to Draft Bill To Legalize Marijuana

By | August 3rd, 2018|Andrew Cuomo, featured, legalization, new york, News|

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday appointed a panel to draft legislation that would legalize the use of marijuana by adults in the state. The governor’s panel will be made up of people with specialized knowledge of the issue, including experts in public health, public safety, and economics, and the leaders of relevant state agencies. Gov. Cuomo tasked the group to [...]

New York City Officially Ends Prosecution of Marijuana Possession and Use

By | August 1st, 2018|decriminalization, featured, new york, News|

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced on Tuesday that his office will no longer prosecute most charges for the use or possession of marijuana. Beginning Wednesday, prosecutors will not file charges for such offenses committed in New York City. A release from the district attorney’s office outlining the new policy listed two possible exceptions. Offenders [...]

The Overwatch League is Real, and It’s Fantastic

By | July 30th, 2018|Culture, entertainment, games, new york, video games|

I approached Barclay’s Center to take in Saturday’s Overwatch League Grand Final match alongside a group of prototypical eSports fans: nerds in their late teens. One girl in this group was relaying to her friends the rumor that a new player-character would be announced at this, the conclusion of Overwatch League’s (OWL) wildly successful first [...]

NYPD Watch Group Says 93 Percent of Weed Arrests in 2018 Were People of Color

By | July 27th, 2018|featured, new york, News, NYPD, Police|

So far this year in New York City, the NYPD has made 6,604 arrests for weed. In fact, marijuana arrests are the third most common type of arrest for the NYPD. And those thousands of arrests aren’t impacting all New Yorkers equally. Rather, they vastly, disproportionately impact Black and Latinx New Yorkers. That’s according to [...]

New York Health Department Announces Support of Cannabis Legalization

By | July 17th, 2018|featured, new york, News|

Back in January, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he was commissioning a State Health Department study on the impact of marijuana legalization. And on Monday, the Health Department released their final assessment. In its findings, the report substantiates a broad range of social, economic and health benefits of cannabis legalization and a [...]

New Yorkers May Now Replace Opioid Prescriptions With Medical Marijuana

By | July 13th, 2018|featured, new york, News, opioid crisis|

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. New York’s Massive Medical Marijuana Expansion Just Went Into [...]

‘Broad City’ Creators Raise Funds for Cynthia Nixon Campaign with Signed Bong

By | July 9th, 2018|Cynthia Nixon, new york, News, Politics, TV|

Cynthia Nixon’s campaign to unseat two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo just got a major bump from two of TV’s most-beloved stoners. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, co-creators and co-stars of the hit sitcom Broad City, have thrown their support behind Nixon’s insurgent campaign for governor of New York. And they’re doing it in high-profile fashion, [...]

All the Obstacles to Marijuana Legalization in New York

By | June 28th, 2018|featured, new york, Politics|

Long a bastion of social progress and cultural experimentation, New York State — home to New York City and the birthplace of High Times — lags painfully behind when it comes to legalized weed. The winds of change are undoubtedly blowing in the right direction. The governor recently commissioned a study by the State Health [...]

New York to Offer Medical Marijuana as Prescribed Opioid Alternative

By | June 18th, 2018|new york, News, opioids|

New York is set to significantly expand access to its medical cannabis program. Building off a change that added chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions in 2016, the Department of Health will now allow anyone with a prescription for opioids to use medical marijuana as an alternative. Officials expect the new regulation will [...]

New York Lawmakers Push to Treat Opioid Addiction with Cannabis

By | June 8th, 2018|addiction, new york, News, opioid crisis|

Although cannabis has long been falsely accused of being a “gateway drug” for harder substances like heroin and opioid-based painkillers, the public perception has dramatically shifted in recent years. So much so, in fact, that renowned doctors have essentially said just the opposite—cannabis can actually help ween people off of physically addicting opioids. Dr. Oz [...]