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New York: Buffalo Proposal Would Decriminalize Marijuana

The city of Buffalo may legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The City of Buffalo may legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in a meeting today of the Buffalo Legislation Committee. The Buffalo Cannabis Act is presenting their initiative to the committee Tuesday afternoon.

"We want the city to, within the city limits, to tell the Buffalo Police that people shouldn't be arrested if they're in possession of less than two ounces," says Anthony Baney, a member of the Buffalo Cannabis Movement.

The group's idea is for the to make it legal to carry up to two ounces of marijuana, and to personally grow up to six plants.

In an interview with WGRZ TV news, Buffalo Common Council Member David Franczyk was asked if he thought the initiative could pass or if any part of it could pass.

"No, I don't. Not at this point in time because what has to happen is that a council member would have to file a resolution which incorporates some of these ideas," Franczyk replied.

He does agree that the criminal justice system is too harsh on offenders caught with small amounts of pot.

"A 19 year old kid who is pinched for a small amount of marijuana, that he's tarred for the rest of his life and he's generally a good kid, you know, I don't think we should crucify people like that I think there should be some justice and some common sense as far as that goes," says Franczyk.

New York: Lawmakers To Hold Public Forum To Discuss Ending Marijuana Prohibition

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Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger Sponsor Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger on Wednesday will host a public forum to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, a bill that would legalize the production, distribution, and use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21.

This bill will effectively end marijuana prohibition in New York State and would create a system to tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

This discussion comes at a time when marijuana reform has gained unprecedented momentum. In the United States, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for adults and national support for legalization has reached 58 percent.

Despite all of the progress around the country, New York State and Buffalo residents, continue to suffer from disproportionate enforcement of prohibition in communities of color, with thousands of arrests every year.

What: Press Conference re: Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act & Public Forum to follow

Who:

- Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes

- Senator Liz Krueger

- The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)

New York: Alternative Medicine Associates Applies For Medical Marijuana License

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Alternative Medicine Associates, LLC (AMA), a physician-led, cannabis-based health care provider headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y., has submitted an application to the State Department of Health to become one of five registered organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in New York State.

The AMA application filled 10 cardboard boxes and totaled 66,000 pages, reports Michael Wooten at WGRZ. It is spearheaded by Gregory F. Daniel, M.D., M.B.A., who will serve as chief executive officer of the organization, which includes a management team comprised of nearly 30 physician entrepreneurs, a pediatric dentist, health care administrators, researchers, pharmacists, security and facility specialists, and business leaders.

The organization plans to operate a 164,000-square foot, indoor cultivation center in the city of Buffalo. The cultivation facility will initially employ approximately 75 workers across several specialized and high-paying job sectors.

The center will include 18 separate harvest rooms large enough to hold approximately 3,400 plants, along with a state-of-the-art laboratory for on-site testing.

Dr. Daniel said the organization seeks to identify and deliver the most clinically effective means of integrating cannabis-based medicine into comprehensive treatment plans for patients experiencing chronic and terminal illnesses.

U.S.: Study Finds Less Domestic Violence Among Married Couples Who Smoke Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

New findings from a study of 634 couples have found that the more often they smoked marijuana, they less likely they were to engage in domestic violence. The study's big sample size and the nine-year length of the study make it a significant finding.

Researchers hypothesized that the positive effects of using cannabis may actually help reduce conflict and aggression. The findings were strong even after controlling for things like demographics, behavioral problems, and alcohol use, reports Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions along with the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), appeared in the August online edition of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, reports Cathy Wilde at the ]University at Buffalo.

Looking at couples over the first nine years of marriage, the study, "Couples' Marijuana Use Is Inversely Related to Their Intimate Partner Violence Over the First 9 Years of Marriage," found:

• More frequent cannabis use by husbands and wives (two to three times or more per month) predicted less frequent intimate partner violence (IPV) by husbands.

• Husbands' marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV perpetration by wives.

New York: Patients, Family Members Launch Month of Actions in Support of Medical Marijuana Bill

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“March for Compassion” Includes Actions and Events Across New York in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Capitol Region, Westchester, New York City, and Long Island

Major Push by Patients and Families to Pass Compassionate Care Act

Patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers gathered in Albany on Monday to launch March for Compassion, a month of activities and events held around New York to demand the State Senate to past the Compassionate Care Act by April 1. The patients are living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other serious, debilitating medical conditions, and the families include parents of children who suffer from severe forms of epilepsy, such as Dravet’s syndrome.

While Albany dithers and delays on A.6357-A (Gottfried) / S.4406-A (Savino), patients are suffering and families are leaving the state. A major Monday story in the Buffalo News by Tom Precious illustrates how many families and patients in New York are leaving the state for places like Colorado, where they can access medical marijuana.

Patients, caregivers and healthcare providers, tired of waiting for Albany to take action, launched March for Compassion, a month-long series of events across the state, on Monday. Events include public educational seminars, lawmaker education meetings, lobby days in Albany, and press conferences.

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