NFL Super Bowl Champion Leonard Marshall To Keynote CWCBExpo in NYC June 16

Joining Marshall will be Charlie Adams, NFL wide receiver who played for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans; Eben Britton, a NFL guard and tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears and currently a free agent; Riley D. Cote a former professional ice hockey player (NHL) with the Philadelphia Flyers; Nate Jackson a former NFL wide receiver who played six seasons with the Denver Broncos; and Heather Jackson, CEO of Realm of Caring.

NEW JERSEY:  Despite its status as an officially banned substance, the use of medical cannabis as a treatment for professional athletes — particularly NFL Football players — suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is known to be widespread. A number of high-profile NFLers have come out of the cannabis closet of late, and are calling on the league Read the full article…

The Future of Marijuana Policy: MJNN’s Exclusive Q&A With BOTEC’s Mark Kleiman

.  If Democrats get both houses and the presidency, federal prohibition isn’t long for this world. Otherwise, state-by-state will continue.

By David Rheins It’s time for marijuana policy, and marijuana policymakers  in this country to get serious.  Over the past twenty years medical marijuana has grown wild and wide, with a patchwork of 24 different state policies, no two alike.  Adult-use marijuana has been legalized in four states, plus DC, and here too each local market Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Now Legal But Few Patients On First Day

Lisa Valle stood outside Bloomfield Industries' medical marijuana dispensary Thursday knowing she couldn't get medicine for her sick daughter, but she wanted to go inside anyway.

"It's been a long road," Lisa said.

Her daughter, Maya, has a severe form of Epilepsy that causes seizures. Lisa and Maya's doctors believe the medical marijuana may help. Thursday is the first day the drug is legal in New York State, following 2014 passage of the Compassionate Care Act.

But Lisa doesn't have a patient certification card, which is necessary before the marijuana can be sold.

NEW YORK: Lisa Valle stood outside Bloomfield Industries‘ medical marijuana dispensary Thursday knowing she couldn’t get medicine for her sick daughter, but she wanted to go inside anyway. “It’s been a long road,” Lisa said. Her daughter, Maya, has a severe form of Epilepsy that causes seizures. Lisa and Maya’s doctors believe the medical marijuana may Read the full article…

NY Launches Medical Marijuana Program Thursday

New Hampshire Cannabis Dispensary Approved

NEW YORK: New York is the latest state to allow its citizens to use medical marijuana. The Empire State kicked off its medical marijuana program Thursday with eight dispensaries opening for business.  The program comes 18 months after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act. It makes non-smokeable forms of medical marijuana available to New Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana On Track, But Questions Remain

Study: Cannabis and mental illness

NEW YORK: New York health officials and the manufacturers say they are on track to start providing medical marijuana to critically ill patients next month. Questions remain, however, over whether doctors and patients will be enrolled in the system quickly enough to make the drug available by the Jan. 5 target date. “There’s no sign Read the full article…

Merrill Lynch Is Bullish On Marijuana

Carefully researched, it was an interesting peek at how heavy hitters on Wall Street are starting to view the expanding industry

NEW YORK: The investment arm of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, sent out a 45 page equity report last week focused on prospects related to marijuana. Carefully researched, it was an interesting peek at how heavy hitters on Wall Street are starting to view the expanding industry. The document is not publicly available. It was leaked to Read the full article…

Hemp Crops Coming To New York As Early As Spring?

Two state lawmakers from the Southern Tier sponsored bills to get trial plantings started: Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, and Sen. Tom O'Mara, R-Elmira.

“We are on the frontier of a major new industrial crop, and that’s why I’ve been pushing New York to get out in front of it,” Lupardo said.

Federal law was changed in the 2014 national farm-policy bill to allow states to permit hemp research. Lupardo and O’Mara sponsored bills in New York to do just that. The measure was adopted with near-unanimous support, but rules governing the experiments were not adopted in time for the 2015 growing season.

NEW YORK: The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has developed proposed regulations to govern experimental growing of a cultivar of cannabis, the plant most known today as the source of marijuana. Industrial hemp, as it’s sometimes known, has too little of the active ingredient  tetrahydrocannabinol, often referred to as THC, to produce a recreational Read the full article…

Marijuana Arrests Drop 40% This Year As NYPD Mellows Out

Still, arrests outnumber tickets citywide, and there appears to be wide variations in enforcement.

NEW YORK: Cops are following through on Mayor de Blasio’s pledge to stop locking people up for carrying small amounts of pot. Police cuffed 18,120 stoners through Oct. 20 — a 40 percent plummet from the 29,906 pot busts in the same period last year, state Division of Criminal Justice records show. At the same time, tickets Read the full article…

Cannabis Startup LeafLink Sprouts In New York

LeafLink is the third startup founded by Ryan Smith, 24, who grew up in Manhattan and started his first two companies while still an undergrad at Colgate University.

NEW YORK: There may be only five licensed medical-marijuana companies in New York state, but that doesn’t mean local entrepreneurs are going to let them have all the fun. Selling products such as luxury weed accessories and industrial grow lights, New York startups are hoping to profit from marijuana’s legalization in a number of states. Read the full article…

Islandia NY Bans Medical Marijuana Sales

Islandia Mayor Allan Dorman said he believes medical marijuana should only be distributed by doctors, not in stores.

NEW YORK: The village of Islandia is not one of the locations being mentioned as a site for any of the state’s 20 approved medical marijuana dispensaries, but that didn’t stop its Board of Trustees from passing a law anyway making the sale of pot there illegal. Some residents praised the pre-emptive rejection. “It could destroy your Read the full article…