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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use by adults, his third attempt in as many years to get the drug fully legalized in the state.

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As the new year begins, New York state leaders face two major challenges. One is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as infection rates spike again and a vaccine rollout begins. The second is the state’s related multibillion-dollar budget deficit, which needs to be closed by spring.

New York is moving closer to legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. State lawmakers think they might be able to strike a deal on the issue next year, but questions still remain on what exactly that will look like. Dan Clark from Public Media's New York NOW has this preview.


 

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A Buffalo Public Schools teacher is facing up to life in prison for drug trafficking.

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Lobbyists for the hemp industry in New York say new rules released by state regulators for how to bring CBD products to market favor big corporations over small farmers.

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Proponents of legalizing marijuana for adult use in New York were handed good news Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said the state’s massive budget deficit heading into next year will likely be a catalyst for the drug’s legalization in the coming months.

NYS extends hemp growing season through 2021

Oct 19, 2020

New York State will continue its hemp growing season through 2021, after the federal government decided to delay new regulations that the state found "overly strict" and “unrealistic.”

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Agriculture officials in New York say federal rules for producing hemp are “unrealistic.” The state also said they won’t try to regulate the crop. Hemp farmers say they will have to be very careful without support from the state.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy and the Buffalo U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office have announced the largest marijuana seizure in Peace Bridge history.

An investigation by Orchard Park Police into an assault case led detectives to a large pot growing operation.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that as New York prepares to make adult recreational marijuana use legal, he plans to soon visit states where marijuana is legal to get some tips on what did and did not work for them.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting some good news, as he prepares to release his 2020 state budget. The latest polling numbers from Siena College show Cuomo's favorability rating got a slight boost, while his job performance got an even bigger boost.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his tenth State of the State address Wednesday in Albany. WBFO reporters took in-depth look at what the governor and others are saying about some key challenges the state faces at the start of a new decade.

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New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany this week for the start of the new legislative session, and a second year of near-total control of state government by Democrats.

During last year’s session, Democrats — who wrested control of the state Senate from Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections — passed a tsunami of bills long desired by liberals. This year, they are set to tackle complicated and weedy topics that have yet to pass, including paid surrogacy, aid-in-dying and a single-payer health care system.

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With support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and many members of the state legislature, 2020 could be the year when New York legalizes the adult use of recreational marijuana. But the issue has become complicated by a widespread lung ailment linked to vaping.


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The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania met Thursday in New York City to try to hash out a multi-state approach to legalizing the adult recreational use of marijuana.

At a time when more than 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for either medical or recreational use, the U.S. surgeon general says no amount of the drug is safe for teens, young adults and pregnant women.

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A New York State law decriminalizing marijuana went into effect Wednesday, one month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill.

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A $150 million hemp industrial park is open in Broome County. Ontario-based Canopy Growth will operate the park in Kirkwood. The hope is the business will create over 400 jobs.

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A Town of Tonawanda man accused of crashing his car into an apartment complex at a high rate of speed, killing a 94-year-old resident, faces murder and vehicular manslaughter charges in the case. The Erie County District Attorney says pursuing a murder charge will be difficult but he sees this case as an example of what could happen on local roads if marijuana were to become legal.

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If you want to take advantage of Canada's legalization of pot, but don't want to then get behind the wheel, Conrad Floyd has an offer for you - whether American, Canadian or tourist from somewhere else.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says his office will no longer pursue misdemeanor charges for low-level possession of marijuana, following the state legislature’s passage of a decriminalization bill.

A bill currently before Gov. Andrew Cuomo would regulate the sale of CBD products in New York State and set up new rules for the state’s growing hemp industry. Cuomo has not yet decided whether he’s going to sign it, potentially leaving what is now a legal gray area in limbo.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is non-committal when it comes to removing county clerks from office if they refuse to enforce the newly passed Green Light law. He, instead, is looking forward to its day in court. That was just one of the post-legislative session topics discussed on public radio Monday.

State effort to legalize marijuana goes up in smoke

Jun 19, 2019
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Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) - who introduced New York's measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana - says the effort has gone up in smoke. In a statement released late Wednesday morning, Krueger said "it is clear the measure will not pass this session," but called it only "a delay," not the "end of the road."

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The annual end-of-session crush has started in Albany, with far more legislation pending than there is time or desire to pass. One bill that may make it out of the morass and pass is legislation to legalize adult use of pot, according to one of its most visible supporters.

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With 11 working days left in the legislative session, the atmosphere is intensifying at the State Capitol. Democrats who lead the Legislature are facing pressure from all sides to deliver on legislation that they campaigned on.

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Legislative leaders have announced an agreement in principle on nine bills that they say will extend and strengthen New York City’s rent laws. It’s part of an effort to get a number of bills passed before adjournment later in June.


A new study from Rochester Institute of Technology found a striking difference between political parties on the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York state.

Buffalo Planning Board

Buffalo's city Planning Board deals with a variety of issues. On Monday, the discussion included a doughnut shop and a cannabis factory on the waterfront.

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