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With public and media attention squarely focused on the New York state budget agreement, the Department of Health on Tuesday quietly filed regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program.

New York posted final regulations for the state medical marijuana program, sticking to the original script: not varying far from the much-criticized draft regulations that first appeared months ago.

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The New York Health Department has issued final regulations for a statewide medical marijuana program expected to start next year.

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Washington County has given its approval to a proposed medical marijuana growing facility intending to set up shop there. 

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined fellow Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky to propose what she brands a historic first in the nation's marijuana laws.

With states moving ahead of federal marijuana laws, Gillibrand, Booker and Paul introduced The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act.  If the bill passes, individual states could decide whether to legalize medical marijuana.

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A proposed site to grow medical marijuana in Washington County is moving toward approval, while a business in neighboring Warren County is proposing its own location to grow the crop.

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New York may be relatively late to the medical marijuana game, but city councilors in Plattsburgh are trying to get ahead when it comes to the nascent industry. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the city council passed a resolution last night supporting medical marijuana businesses in the city.

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An entrepreneur in Washington County is hoping to secure a license from New York state to grow marijuana for medical use. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the plan has already received praise from local officials.

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A few companies angling to be part of the forthcoming medical marijuana business in New York are expressing interest in Orange County.

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New York is now the 23 state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

New York State Senate Passes Medical Marijuana

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New York will permit medical marijuana for some patients, now that the legislature has approved the measure. But the lengthy debate in the State Senate included some objections.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

Unclear Future For Medical Marijuana In New York

May 30, 2014

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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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 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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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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New statistics show medical marijuana is booming in Vermont.

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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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A state lawmaker reviewing the selection of operators of medical marijuana dispensaries says the state agency overseeing the process should reconsider some highly-rated proposals that were not approved for provisional licenses.

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Mar 13, 2014

While I was on the phone with a colleague from Denver last week, our conversation turned inevitably to the topic of marijuana. Colorado legalized recreational use of drug via popular referendum in 2012, creating the world's first fully regulated recreational marijuana market. The first commercial sales occurred this past January, with $15 million in sales reported in the first month alone.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he does not believe the process of selecting medical marijuana dispensaries should start again from scratch.

Patrick told reporters on Monday that none of the 20 applicants approved so far have been granted licenses to operate dispensaries and won't be until they verify all the information they provided in their applications.

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Massachusetts health officials have granted 20 licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have selected the first producers of medical marijuana, saying the move will benefit seriously ill patients while safeguards will prevent abuses.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other officials announced the selection Tuesday of four producers who will operate facilities in West Haven, Portland, Simsbury and Watertown.

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   Patients with serious health conditions, including children with a severe seizure disorder, came to the Capitol to urge passage of a bill to more fully allow access to medical  marijuana in New York.

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North Country Congressman Democrat Bill Owens says he has no objection to Governor Cuomo’s plan to allow some hospitals in New York to dispense medical marijuana. 

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New York is in line to become the next state to legalize medical marijuana.   Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to use the occasion of his 4th "State of the State" address to announce his intentions to add New York to the list of states currently allowing medical marijuana.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to add New York to the 20 states allowing medical marijuana use.

Cuomo would use administrative powers rather than legislative action to allow a limited number of

hospitals to use marijuana to treat certain ailments. The plan was first reported by The New York Times.

Marijuana remains illegal in New York, though possession of small amounts has been reduced to a low-level violation subject to a fine.

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As 2014 nears, medical marijuana is closer to a reality in Massachusetts.

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