Islandia NY Bans Medical Marijuana Sales

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 life,” one man told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “Just say no.”

“Kids are going to abuse that stuff,” another man said. “Especially I have three stepkids, so I don’t want them anywhere near that stuff.”

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

Company Leasing Space For Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Downtown Brooklyn

NEW YORK:  A Long Island company vying for a state license to distribute medical marijuana has leased space in Downtown Brooklyn, Crain’s first reported Thursday.

PalliaTech Inc., a producer of marijuana-based pain medications, is looking to move into the second floor of 425 Fulton St., between Pearl and Jay Streets, where it will take up 3,000 square feet of space.

“You want to be in a population center and you want access to public transportation and it’s a great location from that perspective,” said Andrei Bogolubov, executive vice president of PalliaTech. “The state has placed a high priority on geographic dispersion of the dispensaries and where the medicine will be manufactured and you have Brooklyn, where we were able to find a terrific facility there.”


NY Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up

NEW YORK:  Standing patiently in the chamber of the Nassau County Legislature, Jeff Decker had his hands full as his 7-month-old daughter Mabel squirmed in his arms. His wife Carly Tangney Decker and his mother-in-law Cindy Tangney were testifying at a public hearing held a week before Christmas on a bill to authorize the medical use of marijuana in New York.

Mabel has a rare genetic disorder that causes her to suffer severe epileptic seizures. Her family had driven down from upstate Kingston to tell the Assembly Health Committee’s chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), who is co-sponsoring the bill, known as the Compassionate Care Act, with state Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), that they were leaving that night for Colorado because they had learned that they could legally obtain a marijuana derivative there that had shown promise in treating early onset epilepsy. [Read more…]