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In New York State, a bill to get public health plans to cover medical marijuana - Cannabis News

Without insurance coverage, marijuana is too expensive for many who need it.

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Manhattan DA announces end of 'needless criminalization of pot smoking' - Cannabis News

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Tuesday unveiled a new policy ending almost all prosecution of marijuana possession and smoking.

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New York lawmakers explore allowing medical marijuana for opioid addiction treatment - Cannabis News

The NY state Assembly voted "yes" to a bill that would allow people who have been diagnosed with opioid addiction to use medical marijuana. Supporters say medical marijuana can help with withdrawal and make it easier for people to stop using opioids.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Preparing City for Marijuana Legalization, Instructs NYPD to Halt Arrests – Cannabis News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to instruct the New York Police Department to stop arrests of New Yorkers smoking weed in public while additionally forming a task force to ease what he sees as an inevitable full legalization of recreational marijuana.

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Hemp taking root in New York State, as farmers embrace 'Mother Nature’s perfect plant' - Cannabis News

For the first time, the state has opened up growing and processing industrial hemp to farmers, businesses and researchers. State agriculture officials expect industrial hemp production will almost double in 2018.

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Cynthia Nixon is Making Marijuana a Central Part of Her Campaign for New York Governor - Cannabis News

Actress Cynthia Nixon is challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in next fall's election, and it appears the Sex and the City star is making marijuana legalization a cornerstone of her campaign.

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New York to look at legalizing recreational pot - Cannabis News

New York will study whether it's plausible to legalize marijuana for recreational use as neighboring states move ahead with it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

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New York Considers Expanding Its Medical Marijuana Program to All - Cannabis News

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, father of the Compassionate Care Act, wants doctors to be able to recommend cannabis for any condition.

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$3.2 million hemp processing plant in New York gets state funding - Cannabis News

A new $3.2 million facility near Binghamton, New York, is the first in the United States to receive some form of government assistance to promote the processing of hemp.

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Majority of New Yorkers support marijuana legalization to combat budget deficit, poll shows - Cannabis News

The majority of registered voters in New York support the legalization of marijuana, according to a new poll released on Monday.

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New York governor signs bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD - Cannabis News

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Saturday to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.

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New York moves closer to easing medical pot rules - Cannabis News

New York’s Department of Health is close to easing regulations for companies to make new products; and patients, their caretakers and providers to learn about medical marijuana.

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New York medical marijuana patients granted more ways to consume cannabis: tablets, lozenges and ointments - Cannabis News

ALBANY — There’s the rub. Medical marijuana will soon be available in chewable tablets, lozenges, and ointments under new regulations announced Thursday by the state Health Department.

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New York Senate passes bill allowing medical marijuana to treat PTSD - Cannabis News

ALBANY — The GOP-controlled state Senate on Tuesday easily approved legislation that allows medical marijuana to be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to treat hemp like other NY crops - Cannabis News

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a late-session push to boost the state's budding hemp industry, introducing a bill late Saturday that would treat the plant more like other agricultural crops in New York.

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As New York Relaxes Cannabis Rules, Industry Wants In - Cannabis News

Eager to get in on what’s expected to be a booming industry, cannabis companies and investors are beginning to flock to New York state.

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Military vets push NY Senate to approve medical marijuana for PTSD - Cannabis News

Right now, PTSD is not included on the list of sicknesses that can be relieved with medical cannabis in New York.

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Could hemp be million-dollar crop in New York State? - Cannabis News

The recently-passed state budget eliminates a cap on New York’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry. That will allow more farmers to be able to research, grow and process a crop that could turn into a million-dollar business.

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Two Colleges Join New York's Industrial Hemp Farming Program - Cannabis News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two more colleges have been authorized to participate in New York's industrial hemp pilot program.

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New York: Medical marijuana for chronic pain starts – Cannabis News

ALBANY -- Chronic pain sufferers will now be able to get medical marijuana prescribed to them in New York.

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