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Proposals to permit recreational marijuana use in New York state took a big step forward Friday when state health officials issued a long-awaited report concluding that the benefits of legalization outweigh the risks.

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The legalization of marijuana has been a talking point for many politicians over the past few months. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes were in downtown Buffalo Friday to discuss when it may become a reality and what it would mean.

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An Alden father has pleaded guilty to shaking his baby to the point of unconsciousness.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says new research at the University at Buffalo is a "huge deal" in developing a computer chip that could eventually be used to build the illegal drug equivalent of the breathalyzer.

A rare look inside a medical marijuana farm

May 14, 2018
Zach Hirsch

There are lots of farms and factories across the North Country. A couple of years ago, a completely new kind of enterprise came to the region: medical marijuana.

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Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it's all about green.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

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Three people have been arrested after police say they found more than 200 marijuana plants growing in their home, plus cocaine, heroin, needles, weapons and cash.

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A Lockport man will be spending time behind bars for the possession and distribution of drugs.

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The Southern Tier Regional Drug Taskforce arrested two men on a variety of charges early this morning.

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An increasing number of states over the past few years have looked into legalizing marijuana. Now there is a chance pot could be removed from the list of controlled substances.

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday, a prospective Republican challenger says legal marijuana is a key way to ease the state's fiscal crisis.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scrapping Obama-era guidelines that essentially removed marijuana from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities as more states legalized it.

In guidance issued Thursday, Sessions rescinded those policies and instead will permit individual U.S. attorneys to decide how aggressively to go after marijuana in their jurisdictions.

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, has long viewed pot as a public menace and a source of street crime.

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The Canadian Automobile Association says nearly four in every five Ontario drivers surveyed are concerned about the impact legalizing marijuana will have on road safety.

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Starting in July, Niagara Falls, ON and many tourism centers across the province will have an additional item to buy: marijuana.

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A newly-released report suggests wide racial disparity in marijuana-related arrests in Buffalo and Erie County. Advocates for marijuana reform says it's one more reason why it's time laws changes to allow the regulation and taxation of pot in New York State.

Ontario is set to introduce legislation today that would regulate the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana.

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Ontario plans to sell marijuana in as many as 150 stores run by the province's liquor control board after the federal government legalizes its recreational use next summer.

New York State is making more changes to its medical marijuana program.

NYS authorizes 5 more marijuana dispensaries

Aug 2, 2017

New York State has authorized five more organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana to improve patient access to dispensing facilities across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that aims to boost hemp production, as Ontario gathers public input on legalizing marijuana.

With little more than a week left in the legislative session, some state lawmakers and community advocates are renewing the push for legalized recreational marijuana in New York State.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

One of the largest drug money seizures in Erie County history went down this Thursday morning.

Could hemp be million-dollar crop in NYS?

Apr 17, 2017
National Public Radio

The recently-passed state budget eliminates a cap on New York’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry. That will allow more farmers to be able to research, grow and process a crop that could turn into a million-dollar business.

Erie County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement raided the East North Street apartment of 41-year-old Calvin Young of Buffalo Thursday evening and say they found cocaine, heroin, marijuana, handguns and nearly $70,000 in cash.

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How do you pay the bill on New York’s costly infrastructure needs? Legalize marijuana. That’s what a new group of advocates led by former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra is saying.


Niagara Falls Police Department

A Niagara Falls patrol officer has resigned, as she faced being fired for her suspected involvement in a Cataract City drug ring.

New York State lawmakers are expanding the medical marijuana program to allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients, but will there be enough providers to feel this need?

Canada's public safety minister says he will push the United States to change some of its border policies when it comes to marijuana. Some Canadians have been barred for life from entering the U.S. after admitting to American border guards that they have smoked marijuana in the past.


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Ontario's premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand at a Toronto supermarket this week to buy a small case of beer, the first to be sold in grocery stores in the province. At the same time, she is also being criticized for a comment she made about Ontario government liquor stores being the best place to one day sell legal marijuana. 


Public forum on legal marijuana bill held in Buffalo

Oct 29, 2015
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A bill sponsored in Albany by a Buffalo-based Assemblywoman, one that would legalize limited amounts of marijuana, was the topic of a forum hosted in Buffalo's City Hall on Wednesday.


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