Tag: MARIJUANA

12 Ways the Progressive Takeover Is Transforming New York

ALBANY — At 7:20 a.m., after an all-night marathon marked by the passage of dozens of bills and a rubber-band fight on the floor of the chamber, the Legislature on Friday finally ended a 2019 session that was nothing short of groundbreaking. During the six-month session, lawmakers approved a raft of legislation, large and small. […]

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Willie Nelson Is Chief Tester At His Own Weed Company, Reminding Us That Dream Jobs Exist

[embedded content] Share This Video Willie Nelson talked a bit about his new job on Wednesday night’s episode of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon — he’s named himself the Chief Test Officer of Willie’s Reserve, his marijuana company. Considering the singer-songwriter has been smoking weed for about double the time I’ve been alive, I […]

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Marijuana Decriminalization Is Expanded in N.Y., but Full Legalization Fails

ImageSenator Jamaal T. Bailey, a Democrat from the Bronx, left, fist bumps Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a Democrat from Buffalo, after the legislation expanding decriminalization for marijuana was passed in the State Senate. CreditHans Pennink/Associated Press ALBANY — New York lawmakers, having fallen short in a push to fully legalize marijuana, have agreed to further decriminalize […]

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Final Push to Legalize Pot Fails in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — New York’s plan to legalize marijuana this year collapsed on Wednesday, dashing hopes for a potential billion-dollar industry that supporters had hoped would create jobs in minority communities and end decades of racially disproportionate policing. Democratic lawmakers […]

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Killer Mike Thinks Rappers Should Get More Credit For The Decriminalization Of Marijuana

Getty Image Activist and rapper Killer Mike, one-half of the group Run the Jewels, shared his opinions on freedom of speech in the music industry at a recent panel hosted by The Washington Post. The rapper discussed artists roles in promoting and progressing the freedom of speech. He also said rappers should receive more credit […]

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Marijuana Legalization Isn’t Dead Yet in New York

Lawmakers in New York are mounting a renewed and frantic push to legalize marijuana before the legislative session ends on Wednesday, even as debates about revenue and political blowback that doomed an earlier attempt have threatened to derail the effort again. Staff members from the State Senate, Assembly and governor’s office met throughout the weekend, […]

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Marijuana, E-Scooters, Driver’s Licenses: Last-Minute Deals in Albany

Weather: The forecast for the last days of spring is looking dreary. Today, expect thunderstorms, heavy rain and wind gusts, with a high in the low 70s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditBryan Anselm for The New York Times Imagine riding an electric scooter to your rent-stabilized apartment, where you enjoy legal marijuana. […]

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Inmates Can Legally Possess Marijuana, but Not Smoke It, California Court Rules

A California court has ruled that prison inmates are legally allowed to possess marijuana, but that they are not permitted to use it. Last week, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento overturned the convictions of five inmates who were found with pot, pointing to the language of Proposition 64, the 2016 ballot initiative […]

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Scientists Find Ancient Humans Used Weed 2,500 Years Ago, Too

An association between weed and the dead turns out to have been established long before the 1960s and far beyond a certain ur-band’s stomping grounds in San Francisco. Researchers have identified strains of cannabis burned in mortuary rituals as early as 500 B.C., deep in the Pamir mountains in western China, according to a new […]

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Could Pre-Employment Marijuana Tests Become a Thing of the Past? Nevada Becomes 1st State to Kiss Them Goodbye

Photo: Ed Andrieski (AP Photo) Potheads throughout the world the state of Nevada, rejoice! CNN reports that beginning in 2020, employers in the state can no longer refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state in the country to enforce such a rule. And considering it’s […]

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John Boehner: From Speaker of the House to Cannabis Pitchman

WASHINGTON — John A. Boehner, the former speaker of the House, once stood second in line for the presidency and staunchly against legalized marijuana. Now you can find the longtime Republican standing before a wall-size photo of the Capitol, making an online infomercial pitch for the cannabis industry. “This is one of the most exciting […]

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Richard Prince and the New Meaning of High Art

SAN FRANCISCO — The large, brightly colored canvases sparkled beside the white walls of the Gagosian Gallery downtown. Larry Gagosian, the art world’s megadealer, stood toward the back of the room in blue jeans and loafers while the star of the evening, Richard Prince, the artist perhaps best known for tweaking iconic images and pushing […]

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Cannabis Companies Push F.D.A. to Ease Rules on CBD Products

WASHINGTON — It was Hempy Pet CBD Soft Chews, Mile High Labs and Women Grow, among countless others, squaring off against the likes of the Marijuana Victims Alliance, concerned primary care doctors and a lawyer who admitted he couldn’t wait to sue — all jammed into an overflowing auditorium on the Food and Drug Administration […]

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Are New York Democrats Delivering on the Progressives’ Wish List?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — With only three weeks before the Legislature is to adjourn for the year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo emerged after the Memorial Day weekend with a 10-point agenda of things he wants to see accomplished by the end […]

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