Former WH Advisor Speaks Out Against Marijuana Legalization

A former senior drug policy advisor to President Barrack Obama came to the Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel on April 5 to express his strong opposition to the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. Dr. Kevin Sabet, former senior drug policy advisor to Obama, addressed The Prevention Council of Putnam and the Putnam Communities That Care Coalition's fifth annual conference.

MAHONEY: State's pot push could go up in smoke

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo ushered in 2019 by decrying marijuana prohibition, saying it has led to numerous "needless and unjust convictions," and vowing he would be the one to drive through legalization, making that a goal he'd fulfill in the first 100 days of this year. It hasn't happened.

MAHONEY: State's pot push could go up in smoke

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo ushered in 2019 by decrying marijuana prohibition, saying it has led to numerous "needless and unjust convictions," and vowing he would be the one to drive through legalization, making that a goal he'd fulfill in the first 100 days of this year. It hasn't happened.

Recreational marijuana: What to know about anti-pot lobbying, pharma, alcohol and tobacco

CLOSE Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a nonprofit based just outside Washington, D.C., contributed more than $1 million on an anti-pot campaign in California and is now entering NY political spending. Smart Approaches spent $24,000 lobbying against pot laws in New Jersey so far.

Opponents of Legal Pot Sales Gain Momentum | Yonkers Times

By Dan Murphy Opposition in Westchester County to legalizing the sale of marijuana, if New York State opens the door to do so by passing a "pot law" this spring, has gained momentum, with a number of local governments and organizations warning against the opening of dispensaries in the county.

Alternative to marijuana decriminalization 'need not be big tobacco style legalization'

Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, President and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, says the alternative to decriminalizing marijuana "need not be big tobacco style legalization." Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous speaks to him.

State budget React-O-Matâ„¢

The state Legislature put to bed the state budget early on Monday morning, and there are a lot of opinions about the $175 billion spending plan. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: "This was not an easy one. It was a hard one. But the hard ones are the good ones, by definition.

Why the Plan to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey Suddenly Unraveled

What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] All the elements for swiftly legalizing marijuana in New Jersey seemed to be in place: A proposed bill was enthusiastically backed by Gov. Philip D. Murphy and had been endorsed by leaders of the Democratic-controlled State Legislature.

Supporters of legalized marijuana rally at the Capitol

Supporters who want legalized recreational marijuana for adults included in the state budget rallied at the State Capitol to try to convince lawmakers to move faster on the issue. About 200 advocates from the Drug Policy Alliance, VOCAL-NY and other groups held a boisterous rally, at one point blocking off entrances to the Assembly and Senate chambers.

State budget React-O-Matâ„¢

The state Legislature put to bed the state budget early on Monday morning, and there are a lot of opinions about the $175 billion spending plan. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: "This was not an easy one. It was a hard one. But the hard ones are the good ones, by definition.

Why the Plan to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey Suddenly Unraveled

What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] All the elements for swiftly legalizing marijuana in New Jersey seemed to be in place: A proposed bill was enthusiastically backed by Gov. Philip D. Murphy and had been endorsed by leaders of the Democratic-controlled State Legislature.

Supporters of legalized marijuana rally at the Capitol

Supporters who want legalized recreational marijuana for adults included in the state budget rallied at the State Capitol to try to convince lawmakers to move faster on the issue. About 200 advocates from the Drug Policy Alliance, VOCAL-NY and other groups held a boisterous rally, at one point blocking off entrances to the Assembly and Senate chambers.

Activists in Rockville Centre urge lawmakers to keep marijuana legalization out of the state budget

A week before the April 1 deadline to finalize the state budget, elected officials joined concerned citizens in an effort to slow down the potential legalization of recreational marijuana in New York. Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, hosted the March 22 news conference on Front Street in Rockville Centre.

Marijuana Legalization: New Jersey Takes Step Back, Connecticut Moves Forward, New York Stays In Neutral

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - What's the Tri-State Area's status on legalizing marijuana? In Trenton, New Jersey, Monday's planned vote to legalize pot was suddenly canceled. In Hartford, Connecticut, a legislative law committee gave it a thumb's up and in New York, making marijuana legal is still a work in progress for Gov.

Illinois chapter of NAACP tells New York to just say 'no'

The Illinois chapter of the NAACP is urging Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to oppose marijuana legalization in New York. A letter from earlier this month, signed by Illinois NAACP President Teresa Haley, argues that the marijuana industry, like tobacco and alcohol companies, will "target, exploit and victimize communities of color."

Opponents Try to Extinguish Marijuana Debate | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News

Governor Cuomo and legislators are sending out mixed signals on whether there'll be a deal on legalizing marijuana in the state budget due April 1. Opponents are rooting for a delay.

Marijuana Stalls For New Jersey, Is New York Next?

A bill that would have legalized marijuana in New Jersey did not advance on Monday, the same week as state lawmakers in New York are considering whether a similar provision would be included in the state budget. The developments in New Jersey buoyed opponents of commercialized marijuana legalization.

Rockville Centre rally rejects legal marijuana in NY

A rally held Friday in Rockville Centre rejected the idea of legalized marijuana sales in New York state. A coalition of Long Island educators, religious leaders and anti-drug advocates are asking state lawmakers to just say no to legalizing recreational marijuana.

The push against legalized marijuana | Topics | New York Now

Sheriffs' Association, PTA say no weed in budget

One Woman's Mission to Stop Legalization of Marijuana - Rye Record

Julie Killian, second from right in front, was among the concerned New Yorkers at a SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) rally outside Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Yonkers office on March 20.

Marijuana opposition group urges Orange County lawmakers to reject legalization

In terms of recreational marijuana being an engine for tax revenue, SAM claims the projected revenue from sales in New York would only consist of .17 percent of the budget, and other states such as Colorado, which have recreational legalization, have constantly overestimated state tax revenue yield from marijuana sales.

Group urges Orange lawmakers to ban legal pot sales

GOSHEN - A group opposing legalization of marijuana in New York laid out its arguments before Orange County lawmakers on Tuesday to dispel what it said were misperceptions and urge them to pre-emptively ban pot sales before the state has even legalized them.

Rally against legalizing pot held outside Stewart-Cousins' office

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:44 PM EDT Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:47 PM EDT Community members gathered outside state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins' office Wednesday afternoon to rally against legalizing marijuana. The opponents stood outside the Yonkers office of the Democratic leader, calling on lawmakers to slow down the process.

Wide range of groups say 'wait' on N.Y. marijuana legalization

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed doubt that it can be completed by the April 1 state budget deadline, and now an array of education, health and law enforcement organizations are urging the governor and lawmakers to wait on debating and possibly legalizing adult recreational marijuana in New York.

503: The Pros and Cons of Cannabis Legalization in NY State | Season 5 Episode 3 | CONNECT NY

The Pros and Cons of Cannabis Legalization in The Empire State.

Marijuana legalization fight intensifies in Albany

ALBANY - Advocates for legalizing marijuana in New York are learning this Albany truism: The longer an issue hangs around unresolved the more time is afforded opponents to try to kill the effort. Publicly, backers in the Legislature present a unified optimism that marijuana will be made legal in New York in 2019.

Nassau County Moves To Opt Out Of Marijuana Sales

Nassau County Laura Curran on Wednesday announced support for opting the county out of retail marijuana should lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agree to a program this year. Nassau County would be the largest municipality so far to move toward not allowing retail sales even as the legislation remains up in the air in Albany.

Commentary: Legalizing marijuana will imperil everyone

I'm sure by now you've heard the line, "Marijuana doesn't kill anyone. It's much safer than alcohol." It's a popular refrain for pro-pot pushers who want you to believe the drug they want to commercialize is harmless.

Opinion: False promises about legalized weed

The rush to legalize and commercialize marijuana has many elected officials making claims that the facts don't back up. This unrealistic view of legal weed is the result of an orchestrated information campaign by activists and lobbyists tied to a growing industry that parallels Big Tobacco.

Photos: "Pot Packs" at the Capitol

ALBANY -- A press event by a group who is calling on legislators to slow down their push to legalize marijuana was held at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Albany.

Suffolk residents debate legalizing recreational pot

The Suffolk Legislature hosted a spirited public meeting Monday night over recreational marijuana legalization, with supporters predicting a financial windfall for New York State but at least one opponent saying legal pot sellers will unfairly profit off minority communities.

Recreational marijuana: Police, doctors and educators fighting legalization in New York

The anti-marijuana mobilization comes as Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, suggested the political debate may extend beyond the March 31 state budget deadline sought by Cuomo.

Slight majority of NYers support legal pot in Siena poll

A Siena College poll released this week found 52 percent of New York supporting pot legalization and 42 percent against it, a 10-point spread in favor as lawmakers weigh Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for legalizing and regulating the production and sale of adult-use cannabis.

Slowing the legal weed freight train

Raised in an Orange County, Calif., household in which no one drank or smoked, Sabet says he has crusaded for smart drug policies since he was 14 years old. In high school, he battled right-leaning school board members who, citing small-government principles, opposed providing drug-counseling services.

Marijuana legalization fight heats up at Capitol

ALBANY - Groups opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York gathered at the Capitol on Monday and urged lawmakers to reconsider the idea, stressing that it would likely lead to increased illegal use by school-aged children.

Counties can choose to opt out of legal pot sales

County lawmakers across New York could sharply curtail the availability of marijuana if the state legalizes it this year by exercising their option under the proposed law to ban pot stores and related businesses.Some counties may welcome the production and sale of "adult-use cannabis," the state's preferred term for recreational marijuana.

This Is No Time to Go to Pot

Legalizing marijuana encourages use of harder drugs and sets back the cause of social justice.

Let's not pour gasoline on the marijuana legalization dumpster fire

In the coming weeks, Congress will vote on an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Services Appropriations Act that sets a dangerous precedent in giving federally illegal businesses access to the United States banking industry. We urge Rep.

Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world.

Experts divided on impact of retail marijuana sales on youth

Despite a claim made by a panelist at a discussion on retail marijuana hosted by the League of Women Voters on June 1, experts are divided on the relationship between marijuana dispensary density and teen use.The original assertion made by Dr. Eden Evins, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, was part of her response to a question about when the density of marijuana dispensaries started to impact teen use."It's a linear correlation, so

Kevin Sabet, Jacob Nelson: Slow down on legalizing pot; what about impaired drivers?

While many were enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, West Virginia media reported that Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice were involved in a car crash. The driver of the vehicle that hit Justice was arrested on the scene and charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Trump shows support for states studying pot legalization

LOS ANGELES - President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses.

NJ legislation would legalize marijuana, expand medical pot

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Recreational marijuana would be legalized and the medical cannabis program would be expanded under new legislation unveiled Friday in New Jersey. The state is moving toward legalizing the drug under Democratic Gov.

NJ legislation would legalize marijuana, expand medical pot

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Recreational marijuana would be legalized and the medical cannabis program would be expanded under new legislation unveiled Friday in New Jersey. The state is moving toward legalizing the drug under Democratic Gov.

California's legalized marijuana would be federally lawful under bill introduced by Cory Gardner, Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON - Marijuana would be legal federally in states that already have approved the drug's use under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. The measure, unveiled at a Capitol Hill news conference, wouldn't legalize the drug in states that haven't sanctioned its use or sale.