Cuomo Administration Report Backs Marijuana
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Cuomo Administration Report Backs Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on July 13, 2018 at 10:37:48 PT
By Tom Angell, Contributor
Source: Forbes
New York -- The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a "gateway drug," released a state Health Department report on Friday that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outweigh the potential negative impacts.""Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment," the 75-page document says. "No insurmountable obstacles to regulation of marijuana were raised."
"Regulation of marijuana benefits public health by enabling government oversight of the production, testing, labeling, distribution, and sale of marijuana. The creation of a regulated marijuana program would enable NYS to better control licensing, ensure quality control and consumer protection, and set age and quantity restrictions."The report estimates that legal marijuana sales could generate between $248.1 million and $677.7 million in revenues for the state in the first year, depending on tax and usage rates.Cuomo first announced the state legalization study during his annual budget address in January. At a press conference on Friday, he said that he had not yet reviewed the new report.The release of the pro-legalization state document is the latest in a series of cannabis moves the Cuomo administration has made since actress Cynthia Nixon, who is campaigning on an anti-prohibition platform, announced a primary challenge against the incumbent.On Thursday, for example, the Health Department enacted emergency rules allowing the use of medical cannabis for any condition that would normally be prescribed opioids.Last week, the state Department of Financial Services and the governor released guidance encouraging banks to work with medical cannabis and hemp businesses.The new Health Department report says that cannabis legalization comes with the "potential for substantial tax revenue...which can be used to help support program initiatives in areas such as public health, education, transportation, research, law enforcement and workforce development."The document notes that cannabis criminalization has historically disproportionately impacted communities of color and that ending prohibition "will address this important social justice issue."A Quinnipiac poll released in May found that 63% of New York voters, and 71% of the state's Democrats, support marijuana legalization.Also in May, the Democratic Party of New York adopted a resolution endorsing cannabis legalization at its convention.The statewide push for legalization comes shortly after local cannabis enforcement reforms were announced in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) ordered the NYPD to stop arresting people for smoking marijuana in public, and several borough district attorneys have said they will stop prosecuting such cases.But de Blasio has so far refused to endorse legalization.Meanwhile, New York’s two Democratic U.S. senators — Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — support ending cannabis prohibition and are sponsoring congressional legislation to remove federal impediments to state reforms.Tom Angell publishes Marijuana Moment news and founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Source: Forbes Magazine (US)Author: Tom Angell, ContributorPublished: July 13, 2018Copyright: 2018 Forbes Inc.Contact: readers forbes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on July 18, 2018 at 17:44:30 PT
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I agree. 
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on July 15, 2018 at 22:49:29 PT
Fly in the Ointment in Oklahoma
News with video:THE OKLAHOMAN. Oklahoma Board of Health bans sales of smokeable marijuana. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | by Meg Wingerter boards changing the implementation of the law without discussion with legislature. Sabotage by Medical and Pharmaceutical groups.More news and video of the conflict, one by attorney questioning the authority of the Oklahoma Health Department, second filed on behalf of Green the Vote:Oklahoma officials slapped with lawsuits after approving medical marijuana rules.
  KOCO 5 News Updated: 5:25 PM CDT Jul 13, 2018.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on July 15, 2018 at 20:28:53 PT
John Tyler,
Thanks for the news. Here it is Sunday and that happened last Tuesday???The same crooks fight against cannabis again and again. Cops, right out in the open; job security & they don't care if the world watches their shamelessness!!!& FAITH LEADERS. HOLY HELL; FAITH LEADERS actually don't want government to stop caging responsible adult humans for using a relatively safe GOD-GIVEN PLANT. They are all in for those COPS to make money caging them. What a messed up bunch of people in positions of trust.How can a faith leader do more to show their crappyness to GOD?Opposed to the sick EVEN!Love one another has no meaning to that kind of "faith leader."Leaders of satan is more like it.
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on July 15, 2018 at 11:17:03 PT
Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana
Wow! Who would have thunk it? Oklahoma is not my idea of a progressive state, but Wow, they did it. It just goes to show that people everywhere love cannabis, and given a chance they will vote for it.Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana despite opposition  Oklahoma voters have backed a law making it legal to grow, sell and use marijuana medicinally.
  It was faced with a late opposition campaign from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders.
  Oklahoma’s is the first marijuana question on a state ballot in 2018.Oklahoma voters on Tuesday backed the medicinal use of marijuana, overcoming a late opposition campaign from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders.State Question 788, the result of an activist-led signature drive launched more than two years ago, makes it legal to grow, sell and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The proposed law outlines no qualifying conditions, which would allow physicians to authorize its use for a broad range of ailments — a fact that sparked bitter opposition, particularly from law enforcement.Under the proposed law, a two-year medical marijuana license would allow someone to possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana, six mature plants and six seedlings, along with edibles and concentrated forms of the drug.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on July 14, 2018 at 19:39:52 PT
John Tyler
It is fantastic isn't it! We did it! From the bottom up not the top down!
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on July 14, 2018 at 10:23:13 PT
they finally got it
My, my, this is such a pleasant change from the old draconian Gov. Rockefeller drug laws from days of yore, where thousands of mostly minority people were thrown into prison for the slightest infraction, and the state ran up millions and millions of dollars in incarceration costs. Now the results of a sensible report says what normal people have been saying for decades“Regulating marijuana can reduce opioid use;”“Regulating marijuana may lead to a reduction in the use of synthetic cannabinoids;”“Legalizing marijuana will reduce disproportionate criminalization and incarceration of racial and ethnic minority communities;”“Regulating marijuana will create jobs;”“Marijuana regulation could generate long-term cost savings.”I wish they had used the term cannabis instead of marijuana though.We hoped they would come around some day.
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