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New York State Tries To Ease Access To Medical Marijuana

Aug 11, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - New medical marijuana policies could be coming to New York State in the coming months. The NYS Department of Health  says the policy changes should make access to medical marijuana easier.  

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Despite the growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries opening in New York State, some consumers are still having trouble accessing the product. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - A bill to expand New York state’s medical marijuana program to cover sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder passed both houses of the Legislature, but will Gov. Andrew Cuomo sign it into law? 


BUFFALO (WBFO) - The state Senate and Assembly have both approved it. The question is when it may arrive on Governor Cuomo’s desk. It will be one among hundreds of pieces of legislation that the governor must read and review before deciding whether to make them laws. 

CEO Of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Firm Looks Ahead

Jun 27, 2017
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Twelve newly-permitted medical marijuana growers are now gearing up to start operations in Pennsylvania. Franklin Labs in Reading is one of them. CEO John Pohlhaus says his company's bid to become a grower/processor gained an edge over other applicants because of the blend of Pennsylvania and out-of-state representatives working together. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The director of Pennsylvania's new medical marijuana program has announced the first round of permit allocations to marijuana growers and processors. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The Department of Health has revealed a few new details on the lengthy rollout of its medical marijuana program. The names of dozens of potential dispensaries have been released, though officials won't say where exactly they'll be located. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - It's now been a year since medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania. The drug's still not available for prescription in the commonwealth, but Governor Tom Wolf says the process is right on-track, with permits set to be allocated soon and the rollout expected to be totally complete by the middle of next year.  

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HARRISBURG (WITF) -- Governor Tom Wolf says he doesn't agree with the state Auditor General's recent call for legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania as a way to help solve the commonwealth's fiscal woes. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale estimates Pennsylvania could raise $200 million from taxing recreational marijuana.

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One of the proposals in Governor Cuomo's legislative agenda for 2017 is the decriminalization of marijuana. In his State of the State book presented to lawmakers, the governor says he'll propose a bill to amend current laws and remove what he says are the criminal penalties that too often result in the over-prosecution and jailing of non-violent individuals. 

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(Harrisburg) -- The state Health Department plans to start accepting applications for growers and dispensers in Pennsylvania's newly-formed medical marijuana program on February 20th. 

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Medical marijuana has been legal for a couple of months in Pennsylvania. There's so much talk surrounding it. But the explaining isn't really there. And there's a reason for that - there's still a lot to be decided. So where is the state at this point, and where is it headed? 

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Governor Tom Wolf is saying he thinks more can be done to cut down on marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania. 

PA's Medical Marijuana Program Progresses

Jul 20, 2016
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Pennsylvania is making strides on developing its new medical marijuana program. Secretary of Health, Doctor Karen Murphy, said since the commonwealth's legalization of medical marijuana in April, her department has been working constantly to build the program.

PA Begins Setting Up Medical Marijuana System

Jun 2, 2016
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Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, but a lot of regulations have to implemented before the system is completely set up. Parents who want to help their children with serious illnesses are the first priority for the state Health Department.

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Governor Tom Wolf recently signed a bill making medical marijuana legal in Pennsylvania. But some in the medical community point out rigorous scientific research on the drug isn't ready. There's little research because, after all, the federal government still classifies marijuana as illegal.

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Supporters of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana bill signed into law over the weekend touted the bipartisanship that marked its passage, but even during their victory lap there were signs that the warm fuzzies may be short-lived.

It’s been about two months since the medicinal cannabis facility, Vireo Health, opened its doors in Johnson City, following the approval of The Compassion Care Act in New York.

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Proponents of New York’s new medical marijuana law say so far, it's barely functioning. 

In Key Vote, Medical Marijuana Passes PA House

Mar 16, 2016
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A plan to allow certain forms of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania has cleared a major hurdle, passing the state House and now heading to the Senate, where a similar proposal was approved last year. The governor supports the measure.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York health department has launched its online registration system for patients to buy medical marijuana when it becomes available in January.

Parents of children with severe epilepsy have reported incredible recoveries when their children were given cannabidiol, a derivative of marijuana. The drug, a non-psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in cannabis, has been marketed with epithets like Charlotte's Web and Haleigh's Hope.

NY State Launches Ads Against Synthetic Marijuana

Oct 27, 2015
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The state is airing two new public service announcements aimed at deterring people from using synthetic drugs. State officials say synthetics are more dangerous than some think.

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High out-of-pocket costs may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle for patients seeking medical marijuana. While the treatment has been legalized, the state has not set a price for it, and insurance companies will not be covering it. As a result, people like Angel won't have access.

Supporters of medical marijuana are keeping the pressure on state House lawmakers who have remained cool to efforts to legalize the substance. Republican Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County addressed medical marijuana supporters who rallied this week at the Capitol.

PA House Group Readies Report On Medical Marijuana

Sep 15, 2015
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A group of Pennsylvania House lawmakers tasked with finding a way “get to yes” on medical marijuana legalization is winding down its work. A spokeswoman for Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) said recommendations would be delivered to GOP House Majority Leader Dave Reed in the next few weeks.

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Updated at 12:32pm, July 31, 2015.

There will not be a medical marijuana manufacturer in Broome County, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Instead, the five manufacturers will be located in Fulton, Monroe, Orange, Queens and Warren counties, the department announced Friday. The state had received 43 applications.

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Winners of New York’s five medical marijuana licenses could emerge any day now. The state Department of Health says it will announce the picks in mid-July. One bidder, Salus Scientific, aims to start growing in Johnson City.

Gov. Tom Wolf Hosts Round Table On Medical Marijuana

May 19, 2015
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Backers of the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania are trying to build momentum during the legislature’s spring recess. Governor Tom Wolf hosted a round table on the issue less than a week after the measure cleared the state Senate.

Some representatives think the proposal has enough support to pass in the House, if it doesn't stall in committee. 

“What I want them to focus on his why we got elected. And that’s to be leaders of people, and provide the relief families need," said Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny County.