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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.

Dr. Kyle Kingsley Among Medical Marijuana Hopefuls

Jul 15, 2015

Despite complaints by some about a lack of public involvement and transparency in the process, New York is expected to soon issue licenses for medical marijuana operations in the state under the compassionate care act that allows use of the drug for certain medical conditions. One of the 43 applicants vying for five licenses to produce and distribute medical marijuana is Empire State Health Solutions, which has plans for a growing operation in Fulton County. Dr. Kyle Kingsley is with Empire State Health, whose sister company recently set up shop in Minnesota.

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The race for one of New York’s medical marijuana licenses is underway. More than 40 different companies have laid out their plans for both growing facilities and distribution sites. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has the latest on a handful of proposed businesses in our backyard.

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  New York's Health Department has posted a list of 43 applicants seeking one of five possible state licenses to grow, process and distribute medical marijuana. The list includes several bidders who announced proposals and some now running similar programs in other states.
 

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Another company in the Southern Adirondack region has introduced plans to open a facility to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

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The Department of Public Health is unveiling changes to the way it issues licenses under the state's medical marijuana dispensary program.

The changes outlined Friday include a revamped application process that allows marijuana dispensaries to be approved similar to how other health care facilities, such as pharmacies, are licensed.

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said the changes will create "a more streamlined, efficient and transparent process."

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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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