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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.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign a bill that would expand eligibility for the state's medical marijuana program to include patients undergoing treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


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Even though it is now legal, activists say there are still many obstacles in place that keep people from gaining access to medical marijuana.

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No members of the Buffalo Common Council have been willing to take the Buffalo Cannabis Act off the table of its Legislation Committee, despite periodic appearances of local marijuana supporters asking for legal changes.


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New York is moving to expand its fledgling medical marijuana program.

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Recently, police in Toronto swooped into a downtown market area and raided dozens of so-called unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries. Nearly 100 people were arrested and more than 250 charges were laid. The raids have unleashed a storm of controversy.


In the flurry of activity before the end of the legislative session, the New York State Assembly has passed two bills aimed at improving patient access to medical marijuana.

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It was 4/20 Wednesday, bringing supporters of legalized marijuana out to Delaware Park's Hoyt Lake for a pro-cannabis event.


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Proponents of New York’s new medical marijuana law say so far, it’s barely functioning, and they say major revisions are necessary to allow more than just a tiny number of patients to benefit.


After some early confusion on Thursday morning, including whether two local dispensaries would be open for business, New York State's medical marijuana program officially got underway. However, many hoping to access the highly-anticipated drug are still awaiting the required certification to receive it.


A source close to one of the two companies picked to dispense medical marijuana in the Buffalo area says the much-anticipated launch of the state's program is "imminent." Advocates concerned that the program will miss Tuesday's state-imposed deadline say patients have waited long enough.


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The Buffalo Common Council has adopted a resolution urging greater accessibility to medical marijuana.

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Four area businesses are vying for state approval to begin growing and selling medical marijuana. New York is the 23rd state in the national that legalized use of the drug to treat patients. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke to one of the local applicants.

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Niagara County legislators Tuesday night backed a Lewiston site for a medical marijuana manufacturing plant.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill that would effectively end the ban on prescription pot by the federal government.

New York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. 

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Following the recent deaths of two young local girls who suffered from epilepsy, the push is on Albany to speed up the implementation of medical marijuana.

Across New York more people were getting high and driving  long before the state legalized medicinal marijuana last week. In recent years there's been a dramatic increase in the number of people arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs.

State Senate approves Medical Marijuana bill

Jun 20, 2014

The New York State Senate has passed the Medical Marijuana bill Friday afternoon in Albany. Lawmakers voted 49 to 10 in favor. This means  New York will now become the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana.

State leaders agree on medical marijuana bill

Jun 20, 2014
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State leaders Thursday reached an agreement to legalize medical marijuana in New York. 

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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction. The movement comes as the legislative session draws to a close.

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Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill continued to negotiate with Governor Cuomo over the Governor’s objections to many of the measure’s provisions, but say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached in the next couple of days.

Governor seeks changes to medical marijuana bill

Jun 17, 2014
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rejected a medical marijuana bill newly amended by lawmakers to address some of the concerns he has raised in negotiations. 

With the legislative session in Albany scheduled to end Thursday, a vote is possible on a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Some members of the region's delegation say they could support a bill, provided strict controls are attached.

Now that the 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.

Medical marijuana supporters rally in Albany

Jan 14, 2014
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Patients with serious health conditions, including children with a severe seizure disorder, went to Albany to urge passage of a bill to more fully allow access to medical  marijuana in New York.

Governor Cuomo officially called for limited access to medical marijuana in his State of the State address. But sponsors of a bill to allow the illegal drug to be used for some medical treatments say Cuomo’s plan is outdated and won’t work.

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Medical marijuana may soon be made available on a limited basis in New York State.

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Advocates and opponents of legalizing medical marijuana turned out for a state Assembly hearing Thursday in Buffalo City Hall.

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