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The latest public listening session on a regulated adult-use marijuana program in New York drew scores of people to Cheektowaga Wednesday night. For more than two hours, the floor was yielded to members of the community who largely spoke out about the pros and cons of marijuana for medical use.


Wednesday night marks the latest in a series of “listening sessions” on regulated marijuana in New York State, and it’s taking place in Western New York.


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Why does part of the Buffalo area have high rates of cancer? That’s what state health officials are trying to figure out. WBFO’s Avery Schneider takes a closer look at how they’re handling the mystery of the cancer hotspot.


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The State Department of Health held a public meeting at the Buffalo Museum of Science Thursday night to discuss elevated rates of cancer along the Buffalo and Cheektowaga border. But many residents left the meeting with more questions than they came with.

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State health officials will visit Buffalo Thursday, seeking answers on what’s making a community in Western New York a cancer hotspot.

A new report from the state Department of Health says the potential benefits of legalizing marijuana for use by adults outweighs the potential risks. But there’s concern over public education if legalization goes forward.


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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is going to allow Tonawanda Coke to burn hazardous waste. That's raising concerns among neighbors who have been dealing with the convicted polluter for years.

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New York State's acting health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, marked the start of National Public Health Week on Monday by kicking off a statewide tour in Buffalo.