Legalizing Marijuana

New England News
6:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

15 Massachusetts Lawmakers Back Bill That Would Legalize And Tax Marijuana

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Following earlier efforts, 15 Massachusetts lawmakers are throwing their support behind a bill that would legalize and tax the sale of marijuana in the Bay State.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

2/27/15 Panel

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Jihadi John; potential sale of New York’s Daily News; FCC Okays Net Neutrality, Congressional Republicans against legalized marijuana in D.C.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

2/26/15 Panel

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu; Brooklyn plot to aid ISIS; DHS Funding Update; marijuana in D.C.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

12/22/14 Panel

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include: Murder of NYPD Police Officers, North Korea, DeBlasio Tensions, and Marijuana in New York.

New England News
8:54 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Conn. Poll Shows Support For Recreational Marijuana

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A new poll shows a majority of Connecticut residents support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

But the Quinnipiac poll released Monday also shows a wide age gap between supporters and opponents of legalized pot.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

In Time Of Varying Laws, Forum Focuses On Youth Marijuana Usage

Rick Cresta, a clinical social worker and professor at Boston University's School of Social Work, spoke about the confusion surrounding marijuana and it's use. More than 75 people attended the event Wednesday night at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.
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Laws regarding the sale and use of marijuana vary across the country. The issue of the drug’s use among teens was the topic of a talk in Lenox, Massachusetts Wednesday.

While Colorado and Washington allow the recreational use of marijuana and states like Massachusetts have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes, the federal government considers it a Schedule I drug. That puts it in the same category as drugs like heroin. The legal uncertainty creates confusion for teens according to a countywide study cited by Lenox Public Schools superintendent Edward Costa.

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New York News
7:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

NY: Medical Vs. Recreational Marijuana

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When it comes to legalizing marijuana, things are moving quickly, especially in New York.

Last Friday, the federal government released guidelines for banks to conduct business with the $1.5-billion-a-year legal marijuana industry. Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states, and legislation is pending in 13 others. The green signal may have been sent in January when President Barack Obama told The New Yorker that marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol, opening the door for debate.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Alyson Martin And Nushin Rashidian's "A New Leaf" At Frequency North

  College of Saint Rose alumna Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, investigative journalists and authors of a groundbreaking book on the movement toward legalization of marijuana, will read from their new book, A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition, as part of the 2014 Frequency North writers series at The College of Saint Rose on Thursday February 6th.

In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals.

Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.

New York News
12:33 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Next In NYS: Legal Marijuana?

Opinions differ on the chances for passage of a bill that would legalize marijuana in New York State. It was introduced last Wednesday by state Sen. Liz Krueger of Manhattan, shown here in a gathering outside City Hall.
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A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New York State was introduced last week. The measure would regulate the sale of pot and tax it, treating it similarly to alcohol.  Proponents are cautiously optimistic that the governor might see the plan in a favorable light.

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New England News
6:34 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Pittsfield Residents Hear Proposal for Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Julia Germaine, left, and Nial DeMena of Manna Wellness presented their plans to the public at a forum at Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield.
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Residents in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have heard from members of an organization looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

Nial DeMena is the Director of Operations for Manna Wellness.

“We’re looking to be the first LEED-certified registered marijuana dispensary in the country,” said DeMena.

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