District Attorney Vance to End the Prosecution of Marijuana Possession and Smoking Cases

"The dual mission of the @ ManhattanDA's Office is a safer New York and a more equal justice system. The ongoing arrest and criminal prosecution of predominantly black and brown New Yorkers for smoking marijuana serves neither of these goals. "

New Manhattan D.A. “Decline to Prosecute” Policy Effective August 1st NEW YORK:  Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced a new effort to reduce inequality and unnecessary interactions with the criminal justice system. Beginning August 1st, the D.A.’s Office will decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases. The District Attorney’s Office has invited Read the full article…

Cannabis PE Firm Merida Capital Partners Exceeds $50 Million In Assets Under Management

“Merida continues to see an acceleration of institutional interest in our core strategy,”

NEW YORK:  Merida Capital Partners, a private equity fund targeting fundamental growth drivers underpinning the rapid development of the cannabis industry, announced it has crossed $50MM in assets under management and closed transactions in nine companies in its second Fund. With the full deployment of Merida’s first tranche of Fund II and the opening of the firm’s Read the full article…

Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment In Medical Cannabis Program

The study's findings are similar to those reported among enrollees in other states' medical cannabis programs, including the experiences of patients in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and elsewhere.

NEW YORK:  Patients enrolled in New York state’s medical cannabis program reduce their use of opioids and spend less money on prescription medications, according to data published online in the journal Mental Health Clinician. Investigators from GPI Clinical Research labs in Rochester and the University of Buffalo assessed trends in patients’ medical cannabis and prescription drug use following Read the full article…

Giambra Will March In NYC Cannabis Parade On Saturday

“I believe we can help a broad section of our population by legalizing recreational marijuana, both medically and financially, and that’s why I’m going to be there Saturday adding my support to the effort.”

NEW YORK:  It was back in January in frigid Buffalo that former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra called for the “toughest, tightest regulated” legalized marijuana bill in the United States as a way to raise billions of dollars in tax revenue to fix New York State’s crumbling infrastructure. Giambra called taxing legalized recreational marijuana “a Read the full article…

Tikun Olam and Ilera Healthcare Announce Pennsylvania Partnership

Tikun Olam Is Coming to Puerto Rico

PENNSYLVANIA and NEW YORK:  Tikun Olam, the world leader in cannabis science, and Ilera Healthcare, Pennsylvania’s premier medical marijuana cultivator, processor and dispenser, have finalized a deal to bring Tikun’s world-renowned medical marijuana strains to medical cannabis patients in the Keystone State later this year. This partnership combines Tikun Olam’s history of peer-reviewed scientific research and Read the full article…

Survey: More Than Seven In Ten Practicing Physicians Back Medical Marijuana Option

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

NEW YORK: More than seven in ten practicing physicians support allowing qualified patients the option to use cannabis therapeutically, according to survey data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. New York University investigators surveyed the attitudes of practicing physicians in New York State. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that cannabis ought to be legal for medical purposes, Read the full article…

NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally Is May 5th

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RESIST PROHIBITION, REALIZE, LEGALIZE NYC Cannabis Parade & Founding Chapter of the Global Marijuana March Leads Worldwide Day of Advocacy and Entertainment

The 47th Annual Parade starts in Midtown and marches to Union Square Park for an afternoon rally NEW YORK: New York’s longest running annual pro-cannabis event, established by The Youth International Party (Yippies) in 1971, the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, returns for its 47th year on May 5.   A powerful roster of elected officials, including two state Read the full article…

Dialing For Dollars: Vanity Phone Numbers For Marijuana Businesses

"The immediate goal for local brick-and-mortar businesses is to generate more phone calls and more foot traffic,"

NEW YORK: A leading provider of vanity toll-free and local phone numbers, RingBoost, has announced the availability of special vanity phone numbers for marijuana businesses. The recent legalization of marijuana around the country has led to steep competition in this booming industry. Vanity phone numbers provide instant credibility and brand recognition in a way no Read the full article…

Giambra Says Marijuana Tax Revenues Could Deliver $500 Million A Year

"This is a plan to rebuild New York without continuing to raise taxes," said Giambra.  "There's another billion dollars in taxes and fees already projected in the Albany pipeline this year to deal with a deficit estimated of at least $4.4 billion.  I think the citizens have had enough.  Let's take marijuana off the black market, like other states have, and begin to phase in that new revenue stream and put that money to work for the people of New York."

New Revenue Stream Could Help Rebuild State, Says Gubernatorial Candidate NEW YORK:  “Conservative projections of an estimated $500 million a year in initial marijuana tax revenues for New York State could leverage enormous economic impact across the board and help rebuild our state,” says former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, an independent candidate for governor Read the full article…

New Study: Cannabis: Safe & Effective Medical Treatment

Questions about mmj

NEW YORK: For the first time, a major scientific study has confirmed what cannabis advocates have known for decades: that cannabis can be a safe and effective palliative treatment in patients suffering from the debilitating effects of cancer. The article, “Prospective Analysis Of Safety And Efficacy Of Medical Cannabis In Large Unselected Population Of Patients With Read the full article…