medical marijuana

New York News
1:30 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Katz' Attorney: "No Charges; No Story"

New York City Attorney Susan Chana Lask speaks to the press outside the Coeymans NY courthouse.
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Westchester County assemblyman Steve Katz was to have been in an upstate court this morning to address charges of marijuana and speeding violations dating back to mid-morning on March 14 when his car was stopped by a state trooper along a stretch of the Thruway in the Southern Albany County town of Coeymans.

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New England News
6:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

One Day Of Public Hearings On Medical Marijuana Regulations

A hearing on medical marijuana in February drew a large crowd to Holyoke.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is holding three simultaneous public hearings Friday on proposed medical marijuana regulations.

   The draft regulations do not specify what diseases or conditions may be treated with marijuana. Dr. Karen Munkaci, a physician and breast  cancer survivor said a physician is best able to determine if a patient might be helped by marijuana

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New York News
12:27 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Advocates: Medical Marijuana in NY closer than ever

This could be the year that New York joins the 18 other states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont, that already have medical marijuana laws on the  books.  

On Tuesday, New York State Senator Diane Savino and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, along with 68 other co-sponsors, introduced a bill to allow seriously ill patients in the Empire State to use medical marijuana legally with a doctor’s recommendation. Gottfried argues passage of the law is long past overdue.

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New England News
2:56 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

AG Says Massachusetts Towns Can Not Ban Marijuana Centers

The Massachusetts Attorney General says towns can not impose a total ban on marijuana treatment centers.

   The attorney general’s office said an outright ban conflicts with the medical marijuana law approved by Massachusetts voters last year.  Communities can adopt zoning-by-laws to regulate the location of the dispensaries, and temporary moratoriums are ok to allow for time to put the zoning in place. Michael Cutler is an attorney in Northampton, who represents several clients looking to open marijuana treatment centers.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried - The budget and medical marijuana

New York State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried

State budget negotiations are continuing in Albany this week in the run-up to the self-imposed March 21st deadline set by state legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Democrat of Manhattan’s 75th district, spoke with WAMC's Patrick Donges for an update on budget negotiations and the prospects for medical marijuana in the Empire State, a cause he has long championed.

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New England News
6:04 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

People Offer Opinions On Medical Marijuana Rules

People wait to testify at a Massachusetts Department of Public Health hearing on medical marijuana held at Holyoke Community College
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The clock is ticking for health officials in Massachusetts to write regulations for medical marijuana. More than 50 people spoke at a public hearing in Holyoke on Wednesday.

People with diseases and disabilities spoke passionately about the use of medical marijuana and called for rules addressing the proper type, dosage and availability of the medicine.  Charles Papsadori has multiple sclerosis and says medical marijuana relieves the muscle spasms in his legs, but does not leave him groggy the way painkillers do.

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New England News
12:43 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Berkshire Cities to Begin Dispensary Discussions

Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi and his administration have developed a set of guidelines related to the permitting of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

Currently, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working to meet a May 1st deadline to finalize medical marijuana regulations in the state. Mayor Bianchi said he’d like to see the City of Pittsfield begin working on their own framework in the meantime.

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New England News
7:52 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mass. to seek public input on medical marijuana

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials are set to begin a series of "listening sessions" to get input from the public as they develop regulations for medical marijuana. 

The first session will be held Wednesday in Worcester, followed by another session Thursday in Boston and a third session Feb. 27 in Holyoke.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Many Seek Clarification of Mass. Medical Marijuana Law as Listening Tour Begins

Public hearings on the future regulation of medical marijuana in Massachusetts will be held this month, but as a deadline approaches, some are concerned that the state’s final regulations may come later than expected.

Beginning Wednesday evening, state officials from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold a series of public listening sessions before the implementation of medical marijuana regulations.

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New England News
12:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Conn. medical marijuana business group discussed

Advocates of Connecticut's new medical marijuana law say a new business alliance of medical marijuana entrepreneurs could help educate patients, doctors and the public about the drug and combat the stigma of pot.

About a dozen people, including some state Capitol lobbyists, turned out on Tuesday for an organizational meeting of the proposed Connecticut Medical Cannabis Business Alliance.

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