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Criminal justice advocates in New York state say they hope to build on recent victories, such as the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana, to gain more reforms for members of Black and brown communities who are incarcerated at a higher rate than white New Yorkers.

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The New York State legislature approved the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana Tuesday evening, hailing the vote as an historic moment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Wednesday, while opponents warned that it will lead more teenagers and children to use the drug and that traffic accidents will increase.

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The legalization of marijuana will allow many New Yorkers to restart their lives. That's according to the measure's sponsor in the Assembly, Buffalo Democrat Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

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With Albany slated to legalize marijuana this week, Canadians are watching with some interest. They are also apparently shipping large quantities south, judging by some major busts at the Peace Bridge in recent weeks.

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New York will legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use after Democrats struck a deal on the issue Saturday, with a vote expected next week from the state Legislature.

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Local law enforcement said a sweep of drug houses has netted some major drug dealers, but it is also a sign that dealers are moving into bigger deals and connecting directly to drug cartels for supplies.

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New York lawmakers are finalizing an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, a state legislative leader said Wednesday.

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As New York considers legalizing marijuana for adult, recreational use, medical cannabis companies are urging the state Legislature to hand them a stake in the new market, saying the burgeoning industry will lag without their help.

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The state Legislature is close to a deal on legalizing marijuana for recreational, adult use in New York, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Monday, with lawmakers now trying to move on the issue in the next two weeks.

With only about a month left before Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature must agree on a budget for the next year, the two parties are still far apart on a proposal to legalize adult use marijuana, despite the governor's prediction that legalization would be a done deal in 2021.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is amending his proposal to legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use in New York to allow delivery of cannabis products, reduce criminal penalties for illegal sales, and outline how a portion of tax revenue from the industry would be spent.

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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.

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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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