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New York State Governor's Office

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 $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
Sen. Liz Krueger

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."

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.

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.


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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.

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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.

THC vs. CBD: Cannabis-based products explained

Dec 21, 2018
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."


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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.

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