Some New York lawmakers will again take a stab at potential cannabis legalization in The Empire State, reports state.
New York state Sen. Liz Krueger proposed taxing and regulating marijuana at a Wednesday press conference at City Hall in downtown Manhattan. The bill faces very long odds in the statehouse, watchers say.
In 2011, Alberto Willmore was a teacher at the Ella Baker public school in New York City. Alberto was admired by his students and colleagues alike. While smoking a cigarette off of school property, Alberto - who is African-American - was approached by a NYPD officer and accused of smoking marijuana.
When California's landmark medical marijuana law - Proposition 215 - was passed in 1996, a state from the northeast had already had a limited medical marijuana law on the books for 16 years. In 1980, the New York state legislature had approved a law that allowed hospitals to utilize marijuana for patients with cancer and glaucoma. Then-Governor Hugh Carey even signed the law, but it was never implemented and has languished ever since.
Poor, New Yorkers -- children of the self-proclaimed capital of the world, with drug laws that look like Alabama. The New Yorker takes an expectedly jaundiced look at the implementation of Washington's Initiative 502, going for the headline "Buzzkill", and the subhead 'Washington state discovers it's not so easy to create a legal marijuana industry.'
Bernie Goetz -- the infamous vigilante who shot at four black youths in a New York City subway in the early 80s -- was busted over the weekend after attempting to sell weed to an undercover cop, according to the New York Post.
A source said Goetz told the female undercover cop that he wanted to get high with her and offered to sell $30 worth of pot wadded up in a napkin.
Very rarely does a news story come out that reaffirms your faith in humanity, but Gawker managed to give us one this weekend in the form of the Brooklyn Weed Fairy.
This friendly flyer has been seen throughout the borough, supplying hard-luck New Yorkers with a little bowl of happiness to get through the day.
New York City comptroller John C. Liu said Aug. 29 that legalized medical marijuana in Gotham would help about 100,000 patients and recommends $100 million public-owned research fund to establish City-owned and operated cannabis growing sites, and requiring insurance providers to cover prescriptions for the medicinal botanical “We estimate that more than 100,000 New Yorkers with serious medical conditions would benefit if medical marijuana were legalized — and that gives us 100,000 good reasons to do it,” said Comptroller Liu. “Marijuana’s medical value is well-established, but it is still routinely denied to patients and researchers.