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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.

Governor's Office

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.

Weed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it's starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode.

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Not so fast on legalizing pot. That is the message coming from New York State's school boards. The state School Boards Association wants more study on the issue.

The state Senate and Assembly are due to release their own versions of the state budget this week. They come as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is demanding that a number of unrelated provisions be included in the spending plan. Without them, he threatens, the budget could be late.

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Nearly three-dozen people facing low-level marijuana crimes have had the charges against them dismissed. The move comes at the request of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.


Flora Buffalo

A solution to this area's long-term economic problems, jobs for small business, and as many as 1,000 manufacturing jobs in a waterfront plant. Those were some of the dreams discussed Wednesday night, as Flora Buffalo held a community conversation about pot and processing.

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New York's sheriffs are organizing to press Albany not to legalize marijuana, while recognizing this may be a train that has already left the station.

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It had the atmosphere of a stand-up comic—a man, a microphone, a stool to sit on, a water pitcher and glass, surrounded by 2,000 people in a college gym. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at Brock University in St. Catharines for a town hall meeting Tuesday evening.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo may make it official Tuesday in his State of the State message that he wants marijuana legalized in New York State. Pot is already legalized in Canada and a meeting Monday night shared how Fort Erie is grappling with the way legalization is falling into place.

Canopy Growth

A Canadian cannabis company could be bringing hundreds of jobs to the Southern Tier.

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Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising join WBFO's Jay Moran on this week's Press Pass. Today, a look at the continued expansion of craft breweries in Buffalo and the potential impact of legalized recreational marijuana. But first, a look at a proposal to ban plastic bags in New York State.

Governor's Office

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to present his 2019 State of the State Address Tuesday, Siena College is out with good news from eligible voters.

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National Public Radio

Medical marijuana is offering relief to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from a range of serious ailments, from addiction and chronic pain to Parkinson's and PTSD, but how well do you know your weed? Cannabis products can also have vastly different effects - good and bad. WBFO's Marian Hetherly concludes our special series, "The Path to Pot."


Niagara Regional Police Service

While Albany is on a rush to legalize marijuana, it also will have to deal with the potential problems that may bring, from even more people toking up to finding out it's a crime to be driving while stoned. New York State can learn some lessons from Canada, which legalized pot two months ago.

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As New York heads perhaps towards a future of regulated recreational marijuana, it calls into question the unique status of Native American reservations. States can pass marijuana laws, but can tribes do the same?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a preview of his 2019 agenda, laid out an ambitious plan to counteract actions by President Trump and his policies, including strengthening abortion rights, expanding voter access and legalizing marijuana.


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Marijuana has been legal in Canada for a month, but already immigration lawyers and cannabis executives say when it comes to getting into the United States, the worst may be yet to come.

The New York State Health Department has recommended easing access to medical marijuana. In a report released this week, the department said it needs to find a balance between “relieving the pain and suffering of those in desperate need of a treatment,” and protecting the public from risks to health and safety.

U.S. Border Patrol

There is a new boss of the U.S. Border Patrol along this section of the Great Lakes, covering 300 agents and 341 maritime miles.

The Canadian government is warning newcomers that stiffer impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties could lead to their removal from the country. The measures are part of a sweeping package of changes taking place as Canada becomes the first G-7 country to legalize recreational cannabis use.

National Public Radio

Across Canada, recreational marijuana is now legal. There have been a few hiccups—long lines at online government sites and supply shortages. But despite some criticisms over the new law, provinces such as Ontario have started to reap the benefits.


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When I began to write this, cannabis possession had been legal in Canada for 38 hours and 18 minutes. To most people, that period of time seemed like any other mid-week in mid-October.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Marijuana sales and consumption became legal across Canada overnight. But in the U.S., nothing changed – including rules at its northern borders.


Starting Wednesday, the sale of recreational marijuana begins in Canada following a law passed over the summer.

The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided it's less than 30 grams — just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer.

National Public Radio

Politicians and police are saying Canada is all set to open the cannabis floodgates Wednesday as recreational pot goes legal. Here is what you need to know.

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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