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.