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Legal marijuana industry had banner year in 2018

The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces Medicinal Marijuana in New You are able to

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The 2014 Gubernatorial election may be going ahead in New You are able to Condition.  Governor Andrew Cuomo might be obtaining a mind start on building early momentum, especially among ailing patients in New You are able to.  Today Andrew Cuomo introduced a professional order that will resurrect a lengthy forgotten law from 1980, that enables for medicinal marijuana to become distributed.

The 1980 law was named after New You are able to City Council Assemblyman Antonio Olivieri.  Mr. Olivieri experienced from the brain tumor and would be a proponent of marijuana to assist ease his unwanted effects connected with chemotherapy.  What the law states permitted choose hospitals to distribute marijuana joints to sick patients.  Based on a 1982 legislative report, 800 joints were handed to 45 patients overall.  The program been successful at any given time where the us government wasn’t as aggressive in disturbing condition laws and regulations.  Actually, this program was authorized by the U.S. Fda and utilized cannabis in the National Institute on Substance Abuse.  Occasions have certainly transformed.

It’s unclear if this sounds like the final stop for marijuana reform in New You are able to.  Stop and Frisk will still be a warm problem until New york city citizens are confident the practice stop.  Furthermore, we’ve already seen how Governor Andrew Cuomo works previously.  The savvy second generation New You are able to governor includes a practice of taking issues out for political test rides.  Around the campaign trail this year, he was simply against any legalisation or decriminalization of cannabis.  His rigid stance and tone appear to melt this past year because he stated publically “I don’t support medicinal marijuana.  I realize the benefits and drawbacks.  I realize the argument.  We’re searching in internet marketing, but at this time, I don’t support medicinal marijuana.”   Last year he surprised many as he desired to decriminalize possession charges under 15g and connect law enforcement loophole accustomed to arrest youthful teens (extremely Black and Hispanic) under “Stop and Frisk” practices.

Although a lot of Albany congress mocked his intent, it in all probability didn’t elude Mr. Cuomo that there is a lot of support for that idea.  It appears he’s made the decision to bypass the condition legislature, who still might not be prepared for reform, even when condition citizens are.  It’s a certainty he and the experts will know that polls show a massive majority (82%) of recent You are able to citizens support medicinal marijuana.  Gabriel Sayegh, New You are able to Condition Director from the Drug Policy Alliance was pleased Governor Cuomo’s decision.  After being spoke of the program he stated “This is a big level.  Probably the most effective and prominent governors in the united states not just transformed his mind, but has additionally stated he is not likely to hold out for that Senate to do something.Inches

Cuomo could possibly get a jump on which might be the most powerful consensus problem within the condition.  80 2 % of recent Yorkers don’t agree with much, so Governor Cuomo might be building momentum prior to his opponent for that November election is even named.   There know advantages loved through the incumbent, and Andrew Cuomo is exhibiting this conspicuously.

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President Obama Officially Starts His Second Term

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Earlier today America watched the President of the United States be sworn in for his second term.  There was an enormous crowd on hand to witness the historical event.  Unfortunately, in modern day politics, the day would not be complete without House GOP members playing politics with the Presidential Inauguration.  Many skipped the event with critics accusing them of making America “look like brats.”

It does not feel as if four years have passed since we lasted watched Barack Obama recite the oath.  There was optimism in the air for activists when President Barack Obama became president in 2009.  The self proclaimed fan of marijuana took a progressive stance on our failed marijuana policy.  He informed the public that marijuana was a low priority and that he did not envision the Department of Justice using significant resources to attack the medical marijuana industry.  Over the course of the last year and a half, however, those statements seemed to be challenged by federal raids in California, Colorado, and Montana.

As we have already covered in previous articles, 2012 looks to be serving as a key turning point in the marijuana reform movement.  If the recent tax and “fiscal cliff” debate are any example, then finances are going to be a point of contention for some time.  It is time for this president to re-prioritize our resources.  America wants our children protected and lack of funds for mental health facilities, or additional police officers for schools will be considered unacceptable by the public.

Marijuana.net recently reported that a high profile Obama ally, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has publicly discussed reforming marijuana laws in his state.  Cuomo may be testing the waters for future political action.  Since his statements have not resulted in a political suicide, we hope the president takes note.  Any president is conscious of his legacy and we wonder exactly what President Obama was thinking as he placed his hand on that bible and said “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Somewhere in that Constitution we are pretty it says something about protecting the rights of the people.

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Medical Marijuana Finally Gains Momentum with New York State Lawmakers

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Although the Oaksterdam situation has received national media coverage, it is important not to lose sight of the larger picture.  Everyday members of state level governments show they are not intimidated by federal bullying.  Unfortunately, in the third largest state in U.S., medical marijuana discussions have been surprisingly quiet in the political spectrum, until now.

New York has approximately 20 million residents, many of which are seeking relief from debilitating medical conditions.  The Empire State has failed to enact legislation that permits medical marijuana previously, but the political tides seem to be turning.  State Senator Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island) is the lead sponsor of a new medical marijuana bill that will be introduced  shortly in the state assembly.  The assembly is controlled by Democrats and has approved several of the previous measures that were rejected by the New York Senate.  State Democrats are confident that they can muster enough Republican support for the bill, leaving New York’s Governor as the wild card.

Governor  Andrew Cuomo ran a campaign in 2010 where he directly stated his opposition to legalizing medical marijuana in New York.  However, his stance seems to be softening a bit.  Governor Cuomo now acknowledges that there has been more research on marijuana’s benefits and that the issue can be revisited.  However, he says he does not feel there is enough time left in this year’s legislative session to properly hold the discussion.  While the statement may buy time for Cuomo, it does not seem like he is willing to outright dismiss the idea any longer.  There could be good reason for this as a Quinnipiac University poll conducted shortly after Cuomo took office in 2010 showed that 71% of New Yorkers were in favor of medical marijuana.

Andrew Cuomo is a second generation Governor and likely learned a great deal about what it takes to succeed running New York State.  His father Mario Cuomo, spent 12 years as Governor of New York state.  It does not take a political genius to realize that ignoring the wishes of millions of New Yorkers may not be politically savvy .  Patients may place pressure on the Governor in order for him to accelerate discussions, and make up his mind sooner rather than later.

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