The Fresh Toast Launches In NYC

The Fresh Toast Team

NEW YORK: The Fresh Toast, a new lifestyle/entertainment platform offering a destination for delight, discovery and sides of cannabis and soon to be music & comedy, launched last week in NYC.   The Fresh Toast is redefining the perception of cannabis globally by becoming a daily destination for readers looking for some morning delight……but will also redefine the perception of cannabis globally. Guests Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: Reflections On An East Coast Pot Show

Rheins at CWCBExpo

By David Rheins Summertime is tradeshow season for the cannabis industry, and like all industry participants, I spend a fair amount of my time on the road, carefully choosing from all the events that fill every available weekend between May and October. This month, I made my way to the sprawling Jacob Javits Convention Center 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…

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…

Metro New York: Bratton Says No More Concessions On NYPD’s Marijuana Policy

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton holds bag of weed.

NEW YORK: NYPD’s top cop told Metro “under no circumstances” will the department make any further reforms on how it deals with marijuana arrests. “We’ve made all the concessions we’re making regarding marijuana,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday. His resolve comes days after City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and a handful of council members Read the full article…

SEC Allows Pot Dealer To Register Stock

This approval appears to be the first green light for a share registration by a company in this line of business and could set a precedent for marijuana dealers to access the equity markets, but the agency’s ambivalence about such a business model is clear from the way it handled the registration.

NEW YORK:  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has allowed a share registration to proceed for a company whose business model includes cultivation and sale of marijuana, which are both illegal under federal law, though legal under some state laws. This approval appears to be the first green light for a share registration by a company Read the full article…

NYC Hosts Medical Marijuana Expo As State Ramps Up For Legalization

It is “the early stages of what is going to be not just a public health policy shift for New York state, but the creation of a new and emerging industry,”Savino, D-Staten Island/Brooklyn, told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

NEW YORK: New York state lawmakers and advocates of medical marijuana gathered in New York City on Sunday to discuss the implementation of a new state law authorizing medical marijuana. The event drew potential patients, policymakers and hundreds of people interested in working in the new medical marijuana industry. State lawmakers voted this year to make New Read the full article…

How A Small-Time Marijuana Arrest Has Devastated A Great Teacher’s Life

“They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.” — Alberto Willmore

NEW YORK:  Think that pot is heading toward legalization? Not in New York City, where police are cracking down on marijuana possession. These arrests are devastating lives. This is the story of what happened to one beloved public school teacher. “They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.” — Alberto Read the full article…

A Marijuana Stash That Carried Little Risk

Under Bloomberg more people have been arrested for marijuana possession than any other crime on the books.

NEW YORK:  Walking down Eighth Avenue a few weeks ago, I made sure my backpack was fully zipped shut. Inside was a modest stash of pot, bought just an hour or so earlier. A friend knew someone in that world, and after an introduction, then a quiet, discreet meeting, I was on my way to Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization: The Next Mayor Of New York Should Make This A Priority

The problem in legalization vs. decriminalization is that decriminalization does nothing to solve the problems that are created by a black market. Whenever there is a market that is under prohibition, everyone loses except for those who are able to be violent and gain an economic benefit from the illegal drug trade. This includes government institutions like the ATF or the grotesque prison system, whose existence subsists on marijuana and other drugs being illegal. It affects consumers economically, driving prices up and creating criminals out of nonviolent users.

NEW YORK: Advocates of marijuana reform have seen better than imagined success in recent years. With legalization victories in Washington and Oregon, what would the next step be for New York City? There have also been efforts in New York State to decriminalize small portions of marijuana for personal use, but those died in the NY senate.