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New York is relaxing some restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law to boost patient access.

     Massachusetts municipal officials are trying to figure out how to implement the voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana for recreational use. There’s a lot to do before pot shops begin to open in Massachusetts in a little more than a year from now.

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        The way is clear for the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the largest city in western Massachusetts. A development agreement leaves open the possibility of additional sites for medical cannabis in Springfield. 

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Come November 8th, voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making recreational marijuana legal for all adults. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on what impact electoral victories in these nearby states may have on New York State.

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Connecticut wants its hospitals, universities and licensed marijuana producers to study the drug's medicinal qualities.

A federal appeals court has upheld the government's ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California said Wednesday the ban does not violate the 2nd Amendment.

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Massachusetts marks a milestone of sorts today in the availability of medical marijuana. The first dispensary in the city of Boston is scheduled to open.

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After a series of stinging defeats, supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Vermont say there are still some positive signs.

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As the presidential candidates make various stops around New York ahead of the state’s April 19 primary, a medical marijuana company is asking that candidates clarify their positions on medical cannabis.

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One of New York’s medical marijuana dispensaries is calling on Google to accept its ads. In addition, the company’s CEO accuses the global search engine of retaliation.

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Some 551 New Yorkers have been certified to obtain medical marijuana, nearly one month after the state's program began.

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Now that medical marijuana is legal in New York, the industry is getting off the ground under strict state regulations and guidelines for dispensing the product. The five companies allowed to grow and distribute it were allowed to open dispensaries beginning this month. Columbia Care’s dispensary in Plattsburgh opened Tuesday.

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New York's Department of Health is sponsoring research on the use of a pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis drug to treat children with severe epilepsy.

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A small but growing number of patients have gotten medical marijuana since New York recently launched one of the strictest programs in the country.

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Now that New York has become the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, reporters Tuesday met the woman believed to be the first patient in the state.

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New York's medical marijuana program began today, 18 months after lawmakers passed the Compassionate Care Act. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in North Albany for the opening of the Capital City's dispensary.

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The New York State Health Department is launching its much anticipated medical marijuana program today - but not without some pitfalls.

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A New York company says it will soon offer the first certified kosher medical pot.

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New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient's application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.

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It was a long road to the first legal medical marijuana harvest in New York this week.

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New York will give patients with certain serious illnesses faster access to medical marijuana as the state works out the details of its full medical cannabis program.

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People with AIDS and parents of children with severe epilepsy are pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation giving critically ill patients early access to medical marijuana before New York's new medical cannabis program begins.

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New York state will require physicians to complete an educational course before they can authorize medical marijuana for patients. The mandate is generally not applied to new drugs or seen in other states with medical marijuana programs.

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After years of debate, planning and fierce competition for coveted licenses, the medical marijuana era has arrived in New York. One of the companies, Etain, held an open house to show off its facility. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley went along.

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A group of people involved in the medical marijuana industry are meeting for a seminar in Sheffield, Massachusetts Saturday. The Cannabis Research and Patient Care Seminar will feature panel discussions focused on how the use of medical marijuana has developed in Massachusetts. Commonwealth voters approved medical marijuana in 2012 and the first dispensary opened this June in Salem.

The companies that were granted medical marijuana licenses last week by the New York State Health Department are now moving forward, setting up manufacturing facilities and dispensaries. One of the companies is Etain, which has started construction on a growing operation in the Warren County Town of Chester. Etain's Chief Operation Officer is Hillary Peckham, who says she became interested in medical marijuana after her grandmother was diagnosed with ALS.

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The economy of rural Fulton County, New York has struggled for years, but with a new medical marijuana cultivation center on the way, officials are hoping New York’s burgeoning biomedical industry will help draw new business to the region.

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The New York Department of Health today named the five companies granted licenses to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana across the state. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, several have strong ties to our region.

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New York state health officials plan to announce this week the companies selected to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. A spokesperson for the state Department of Health says the agency intends to identify the winning applicants for five available dispensary licenses by Friday.

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New York is moving to expand a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.  Governor Andrew Cuomo told the state's health department on Friday to broaden the regulations to outlaw new formulas.

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