Recreational Marijuana: Not if, but when it will become legal in New York State

By | January 20, 2018

Recreational Marijuana The question is not if, but when recreational marijuana will be allowed in New York State.

Thirty states and the District of Columbia currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. Sales of recreational-use marijuana in California kicked off on Jan. 1. In Massachusetts, retail sales are expected to start later this year in July. Voters in Maine approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana in 2016, but the state is still formulating rules for licensed marijuana growers or retailers and it has not begun accepting licenses.

Some states have taken the first step to legalization by decriminalizing possession of a small amount of marijuana.

New Jersey’s new Democratic governor declared “full weed ahead” on marijuana legalization during his last Tuesday’s inauguration speech.

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Unkind, Bud - New York's Medical Marijuana Program is Unfriendly to Patients

By Marc Gromis | March 3, 2016

Unkind, Bud After waiting almost two years for the rollout of New York’s medical marijuana program, many people who have sought to use medical cannabis to treat their ailments are finding that the so called “Compassionate Care Act” is anything but compassionate.

Among the obstacles facing people who seek medical marijuana as a means to provide relief from illnesses are the very small number of medical conditions covered by New York’s program, difficulties in finding doctors who have taken the training to recommend medical cannabis, the small number of licensed dispensaries, the limited modes of administering the medication, and the high cost of the medicine

One of the most frustrating problems being reported by potential users of medical cannabis is the difficulty in finding registered doctors who can recommend the use of the medicine. Although the New York Department of Health’s website previously had indicated that there would be a listing of the names of doctors who had registered under the program and who had consented to the disclosure of their names, the Department now indicates that the list of registered doctors is only available to physicians. This position is not consistent with the desire of registered doctors to allow patients who need medical marijuana to be able to find and contact them.

The Department of Health has denied Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests for this list, with a position that forces patients to go to their treating physicians—who have not been trained in medical school or by the DOH’s online program regarding medical marijuana—and have such doctor determine whether medical marijuana may be appropriate for the patient. According to the DOH, the patients must be hopeful that their treating doctors will agree to go online and refer them to a registered doctor.

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The Conspiracy Behind Cannabis Prohibition

By Marc Gromis | February 11, 2016

The Conspiracy Behind Cannabis Prohibition Why is the United States the only industrial country in the world that prohibits its farmers from growing hemp? And, why, in a nation that permits adults to use tobacco, alcohol and deadly pain medications like OxyContin and Xanax, is it unlawful to use marijuana for medicinal and other purposes?

To answers these questions one must examine the history of cannabis prohibition from the 1930s till today.

The origins of reefer madness:

In 1930, Harry Anslinger was appointed the first commissioner of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). The Narcotics Bureau, like the Bureau of Prohibition, was under the U.S. Treasury Department.

Anslinger had been appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, banker/businessman Andrew W. Mellon of Pennsylvania, the wealthiest man in America and his wife’s uncle. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics was given a budget of $100,000 (about $1.5 million today). Anslinger did not consider marijuana to be a serious threat to American society. He changed his mind in 1934, the fourth year of his tenure (Prohibition ended in 1933), at which point he spearheaded an anti-marijuana campaign aimed at scaring the public and outlawing cannabis in all forms. Receiving heavy support from the famous newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Anslinger propelled the anti-marijuana sentiment to a national movement.

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