Category Archives: new york

Medical Marijuana Patient, 78, Evicted in Freezing Cold for Taking Medicine

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A 78-year-old man who relies on medical marijuana for back pain finds himself homeless after being evicted from federally subsidized housing in a case complicated by conflicting state and federal marijuana rules. “It’s really a clear evidence of discrimination, and medical marijuana should be treated like any other medication when […]

New York City Cannabis Arrests Nosedive 97%

Just 151 unlucky souls got arrested for low-level marijuana possession in the city of New York this September—as cannabis law reforms begin to take hold in Gotham. Earlier today, the group Drug Policy Alliance released new crime statistics from New York City, where marijuana arrests peaked in 2010. More than 4,300 people got popped for […]

Inside a CBD Dinner Party at Loosie’s in Brooklyn

Soon enough, the three-dozen guests took their seats at three tables, arranged in a big U. I sat next to Drew, an anesthesiologist and mountain biker who could easily have passed as Vin Diesel’s hipster stunt double. Drew was the ideal audience for the evening. A friend of one of the restaurant’s owners, he explained […]

MedMen inks dispensary deal to enter Illinois medical cannabis market

Los Angeles-based MedMen announced its second acquisition of the week to expand its national footprint – this time into the Illinois medical marijuana market. The multistate marijuana business agreed to acquire Seven Point, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it comes on the heels […]

Gov. Cuomo Passes Law in NY to Allow Medical Cannabis as Opioid Alternative

As adult-use laws spread, people worry that medical marijuana will seize to exist. The opposite happened in New York on Monday, however. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that legally recognizes cannabis as a legitimate medical solution for pain management. Earlier this year, NY’s Department of Health updated its list of qualifying conditions for a […]

Manhattan DA Drops Over 3,000 Open Marijuana Cases Dating Back to 1978

Reuters is reporting a Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance dropped 3,042 open cannabis possession and consumption cases today. The cases, dating back to 1978, will have outstanding warrants vacated and the underlying charges dismissed. New York City Criminal Court Judge Kevin McGrath ordered the cases to be sealed within 90 days. Manhattan DA Drops Open […]

Brooklyn DA’s Plan Could Erase Thousands of Cannabis Convictions

In an announcement that could bring criminal justice relief to thousands of New Yorkers, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said on Friday that his office will allow nearly 20,000 low-level cannabis convictions to be wiped away. Gonzalez and his counterpart in Manhattan announced earlier this year that they would decline to prosecute most cases involving […]

How MedMen Conquered the Most Cutthroat Market in Cannabis

MedMen red seems to be everywhere these days. While most cannabis businesses remain locked within their home states, the Los Angeles-based company has spread over the past four years to include eight retail shops in Southern California, four dispensaries in New York (including a splashy new storefront on Fifth Avenue), and two in Nevada—with two more […]

NBA Player Kenneth Faried Arrested with Two Ounces of Weed in New York

One of New York’s newest athletes could already be in some scorching hot water, a little less than two months after his initial arrival. Kenneth Faried, who spent his first seven seasons as a member of the Denver Nuggets before he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a massive salary dump, was […]

I Got Stoned in Manhattan to Celebrate the New “No Arrest” Cannabis Policy

Like literally millions of people, from the jazz cats of the 1930s to some poor soul just last month, I’ve been arrested and prosecuted in Manhattan for smoking reefer. On an unseasonably warm December night in 1999, a close friend and I were wandering around Greenwich Village, looking for a discreet place to blaze, as […]