How New York Voters Can End Prohibition

As a libertarian, these words really hit a nerve with me…

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in New York to peacefully seize control of our government this November 7.

Cannabis legalization advocate Jerome Dewald pulled no punches when describing the opportunity we have before us to end cannabis prohibition in the state of New York.

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New York to Expand the Kinds of Cannabis Products Sold in Dispensaries

While New York’s medical marijuana law was, at one time, considered among the most restrictive in the nation, state health officials have been working diligently for the past year to give the program more reach.

The state has added more qualified conditions, allowed more companies to grow and sell marijuana, and now it is expanding the kinds of cannabis products that patients will have the ability to buy at their local dispensary.

Earlier this week, the New York Health Department announced a brand spanking new set of regulations that will give patients more of a variety when they go to purchase medical marijuana. The new products, which could be in dispensaries by the end of September, include lotions, ointments, patches, chewable tablets and lozenges.

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Massive Drug Bust: Agents Find Enough Fentanyl to Kill Half the Population of NYC

“Call an Uber” took on a new meaning recently when the feds busted a drug mill in a Manhattan neighborhood near Central Park and seized enough fentanyl “to kill half of the population of New York City.”

According to New York’s Gothamist, the agents found three kilos of a deadly fentanyl and heroin combination, as well as over a thousand individual doses in envelopes stamped “UBER.”

“Fentanyl is the deadliest street drug to ever hit this country. This seizure alone contains enough potency to kill half of the population of New York City, if laboratory analysis proves it is all fentanyl,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said in a statement. “Fentanyl is manufactured death that drug dealers are mixing with heroin.”

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Shocking Racial Disparities in NYC’s Pot Arrests Provoke Fight between Mayor and DPA

As much as we, and millions of tourists annually, seem to love New York City, there’s no hiding the serious discriminatory marijuana arrest problem in the Big Apple, which has the mayor pitching a fit—not because the problem exists, but because the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is pointing it out.

Using the same strategy of so many who hold public office these days, Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to defend the shame of thousands of racially biased pot arrests in his city by attacking the messenger.

However, the numbers don’t lie.

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El Chapo’s Legal Team Claims His Extradition to Brooklyn Was Illegal

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his lawyers are challenging his extradition to Brooklyn, arguing that it was illegal on procedural grounds. They have filed paperwork to that effect and are asking a judge throw out his case.

Here’s why:

On the day Guzman was apprehended last January in Mexico, the Mexican government had agreed only to send Guzman to Texas or California, but at the last minute, he was unexpectedly flown to New York, where he is slated to stand trial in April at the Brooklyn Federal Court.

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Rights Violations Seen in Federal Mara Crackdown

Civil rights organizations in New York are trying to determine if police and school officials on Long Island helped federal authorities detain students illegally in the country on the basis of dubious claims of ties to Central American gangs.

The controversy comes days after President Trump‘s inflammatory speech before law enforcement officers in Long Island’s Suffolk County on July 28. There was a major outcry over Trump’s urging of police to be “rough” with suspects in the speech. This outrage nearly eclipsed media coverage of his pledge in the speech to “destroy” the MS-13 gang network, calling its members “animals.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union and LatinoJustice have filed a joint request under New York’s Freedom of Information Law with the Suffolk County Police Department and a local district, regarding suspensions of immigrant students for supposed gang affiliations. At least two students at Bellport High School are being held in federal immigration detention facilities after being suspended from school.

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New York Authorizes 5 New MMJ Producers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has authorized five more organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana to improve patient access to dispensing facilities across the state.

They join five other organizations operating since the medical marijuana program’s launch in January 2016. The Department of Health announced the additional providers on Tuesday.

Citiva Medical and Valley Agriceuticals will manufacture in Orange County. Fiorello Pharmaceuticals will manufacture in Schenectady County. New York Canna will manufacture in Onondaga County, and PalliaTech NY will manufacture in Ulster County. They will have dispensing facilities in 14 counties across the state.

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New York Entrepreneurs Betting on Billion-Dollar Future of Hemp

A former bank executive and a former counterterrorism agent are running the first legal hemp farm in New York State, and they’re harvesting superfood products, like baby greens salad mix, pasta and cold-pressed oil.

JD Farms’ co-owners, Mark Justh and Dan Dolgin, bought 1,500 acres of land nearly a decade ago with the idea of growing organic veggies, until they learned that hemp was more than just a cover crop as protection against weeds.

“I’d been approached about growing medical marijuana. But I thought, what can I produce that has a competitive advantage?” Justh told Bloomberg News. “How do I compete with the Midwest, with Ukraine? I realized it was a question of government regulation. Then, Dan got involved, and we saw the possibility of hemp as a food product.”

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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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