NYPD: No Arrests If You Call 911 During Drug Overdose

As the country’s opioid epidemic worsens, the New York Police Department is undertaking a campaign to encourage people to report overdoses.

The NYPD public service campaign aims to communicate to drug users, and witnesses, that they won’t be arrested if they call 911 in the event of a drug or alcohol overdose emergency.

“This campaign will help New Yorkers understand the protections of the Good Samaritan law for those suffering from an overdose or calling to help someone in need,” Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill told WNBC. “This is about saving lives. And this campaign will do just that.”

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Many Veterans Have to Break the Law to Use Medical Cannabis

For veterans in states with restrictive medical programs, acquiring the medicinal benefits of cannabis means breaking the law.

There are almost 900,000 military veterans living in New York State, and as many of 20 percent of them may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; if they served overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan — or if they were in Vietnam — that number may be as high as 30 percent, according to the Veterans Administration.

To call PTSD a debilitating nightmare is not an exaggeration: Sleepless nights, anxiety-filled days, and suicidal thoughts are common. The most common treatment is a pharmaceutical cocktail: anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and opioids.

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New York Lawmakers Pushing to Get Marijuana Bill Debated in 2017

New York lawmakers are gunning hard, once again, this year in what appears to be a last ditch effort to get some of the state’s more remedial legislative forces to understand the importance of allowing a taxed and regulated cannabis market to exist inside the Empire State.

On Monday, Senator Liz Krueger and Representative Crystal Peoples-Stokes marched up to the steps of the Capitol Building in Albany to reintroduce the “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act,” a proposal begging to make weed fully legal across the state.

The bill would give adults 18 and older the freedom to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, while restricting home cultivation (up to six plants) and legal sales to adults 21 and older.

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MMJ for Menstrual Cramps Passes First Major Hurdle in New York

In a great relief for women who are plagued with menstrual cramps, in other words all women, the New York Assembly Health Committee voted 24-2 to approve a bill to add menstrual cramps as a qualifying condition to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Thank the goddesses, and that includes New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored Assembly Bill 582, and Whoopi Goldberg who threw her support behind it. The bill now heads to the full Assembly for a vote.

“Women have struggled with agonizing periods since the dawn of time, and this legislation is exactly the type of progressive innovation needed to finally bring some relief!”said Assemblywoman Rosenthal in a statement. “Midol cannot be the pinnacle of menstrual cramp treatment. We women demand more; we demand access to pain relieving medication that is safe and effective at relieving menstrual cramps.”

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Man Gets 24 Years for Smuggling 880 Pounds of Pot

Photo by Justin Cannabis. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A New York man convicted of smuggling about 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of marijuana on commercial flights from San Francisco to North Carolina has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison.

The Charlotte Observer reports that 38-year-old Lavon Williams was sentenced Monday.

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REEFER MADNESS STRIKES AGAIN: CBS NEWS CLAIMS CHILD OVERDOSES ON POT: Fact Checking In An Age Of Fake News

At a time when the term “fake news” is used to diminish the legitimacy of media outlets, it is imperative that facts are checked, then checked once more for good measure. Faith in credible journalism depends on it.

On the 14th of May, CBS New York published an article that claimed a 10-year-old boy had overdosed on cannabis-infused candy. The title alone is a prime example of erroneous and lazy journalism; a clickbait title meant to boost ratings, without concern for the facts. But this is not where the faulty journalism ends. In their report, CBS claimed that “the boy ingested at least one piece of the candy containing 250mg or more of THC.” The bag pictured in their article, however, clearly states that the bag contains 10 individually-wrapped pieces that contain 25mg of THC each. That is 250mg per bag, not per piece.

Not only did the child not overdose (there are zero reports of anyone ever overdosing on cannabis), he consumed far less cannabis than reported, and was released from the hospital the same day. Although feeling a little sick to his stomach, according to Lieutenant Mark Emma, the child returned home.

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New York MMJ Companies Sue Health Department to Keep Industry Small

New York is home to one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country—a shoddy deal that has made it difficult for thousands of patients to gain easy access to the medicine they need. But this has not stopped the companies hired to manufacture and sell cannabis products throughout the state from filing a lawsuit against the agency in charge of the program in hopes of keeping the industry small and exclusively in their hands.

According to a report from the Albany Times Union, four of New York’s five medical marijuana producers have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health in order to stop them from licensing additional cannabis companies in their territory.

The complaint, which was filed by the Medical Cannabis Industry Association, argues the Health Department’s attempt to expand the market “will completely overstep its authority delegated by the Legislature,” as outlined in the 2014 passing of the Compassionate Care Act.

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Mexican Prosecutor Jailed in New York on Narco Charges

Edgar Veytia, attorney general of Mexico’s western state of Nayarit, was once himself targeted for death by the narco-gangs. But on April 8, he was ordered to be jailed by a U.S. federal judge in Brooklyn, facing charges of trafficking cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine into the United States.

Veytia, who has now won the epithet in Nayarit of “Diablo,” allegedly netted at least $250 million in protection payments from a smuggling ring since his election in 2013, according to the Daily News.

After entering a “not guilty” plea, Veytia was remanded to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn pending a bail hearing.

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Getting a New York Medical Marijuana Card Just Got Easy, Here’s How

This post is sponsored by NuggMD, where you can get a New York medical marijuana card online by speaking to a New York marijuana doctor today!

If you’re a resident of New York, reading this article right now, chances are you already use cannabis. Chance would also suggest that you’re using it illegally, at least according to federal and state law, and that you’re here because you’re interested in learning how you can become a legal, licensed and registered patient under New York’s medical marijuana laws.

So, how DO you get your medical marijuana card and certification in New York? Is it a relatively easy process or incredibly difficult? Truth is, it used to be pretty hard, but with the addition of chronic pain to the list of conditions that qualify you for a medical marijuana card in NY (and the fact you can complete the entire process online), things just got a whole lot easier.

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High NY Hosts Canna-Biz Networking Confab

The group High NY, “New York’s Cannabis Community,” hosted an event on “How to Apply Your Skills in the Cannabis Industry” at a Lower Manhattan venue Wednesday evening, featuring speakers with background in the biz from California, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Unlike these three polities, New York state has not legalized. But organizers took heart that on that very same day as their meet-up, chronic pain was added to the qualifying conditions under the Empire State’s burgeoning, if still limited, medical marijuana program.

In between a buffet dinner and schmoozing, participants heard presentations from the out-of-state industry players.

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