medical marijuana

New York News
5:37 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

New York To Allow Limited Medical Marijuana Under Agreement

Medical marijuana supporters in Albany.
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders. It will not allow the drug to be smoked.

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7:37 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Washington Redskins' trademarks being revoked by the U.S. Patent office, heroin abuse in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo comparing himself to Gumby when it comes to medical marijuana.

New York News
6:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New York Legislative Session Could End With A Whimper

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures.

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New England News
1:30 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Vermont Governor: Protect Medical Marijuana Sites

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he supports an effort in Congress to block the federal government from cracking down on state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries.

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New York News
2:49 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Unclear Future For Medical Marijuana In New York

The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate.

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New England News
1:40 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Mass. Lawmaker Proposes Taxing Medical Marijuana


A state senator wants to impose Massachusetts' 6.25 percent sales tax on medical marijuana purchases and assess soon-to-be opened dispensaries a 4 percent surcharge on their revenues.

Sen. Brian Joyce, a Democrat from Milton, proposes money generated from the marijuana taxes be designated to a new state fund for substance abuse treatment programs. The amendments are among hundreds filed by senators in advance of Wednesday's start of debate in the Senate on a House-approved $36 billion state budget.

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New York News
8:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Medical Marijuana Inching To Legalization In NY

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

New York is inching toward legalizing some form of medical marijuana as support grows in the state Legislature and is likely to become one of a handful of issues taken up when lawmakers return later this month.

It remains unclear where the drug for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limited research program or broader, legalized use under the "Compassionate Care Act" would come from.

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New York News
4:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York


Now that the New York State budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Vermont's Medical Marijuana Usage Is Booming


New statistics show medical marijuana is booming in Vermont.

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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.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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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