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Beyond the Crackdown: New York Classifies Hemp-CBD as a Dietary Supplement

In this article: How New York is Regulating CBD New York’s Position on Hemp-CBD How New York is Regulating CBD Last week, New York City’s Department of Health (“DOH”) quarantined a number of edible products that contained hemp-derived CBD (“Hemp-CBD”) and announced that Hemp-CBD would not be allowed in food products in the City. Eater

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New York Medical Cannabis Licensing: Is It Worth It For Anyone?

On July 31, 2015, the New York State Department of Health awarded five licenses for medical marijuana cultivation, processing, and distribution authorized by the state’s Compassionate Care Act that went into effect on July 5, 2014. These five license recipients now have a deadline of January 5, 2016, or eighteen months from the date the law

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Is Your Pot Safe? Don’t Be So Sure

Noelle Crombie of the Oregonian blows the lid off Oregon’s lack of any real testing or standards for its medical marijuana products. In her series, “A Tainted High,” Ms. Crombie calls into question the safety of cannabis in Oregon. This is the kind of story that will lead to major realizations and to significant changes and I

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New York Cannabis Licensing: The Basics*

Here in New York, it feels like we are (finally) off to the races. The New York State Department of Health recently posted the application for medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries, with two very important deadlines. The first is a May 5 at 4:00pm EST deadline to submit any questions to the Department regarding the application.

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First Marijuana Tribal Conference: Tulalip Reservation on February 27

On October 28, 2014, the United States Department of Justice issued a “Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country.” In this memo, the DOJ stated that its eight enforcement priorities will apply “in the event that sovereign Indian Nations seek to legalize the cultivation or use of marijuana in Indian Country.” At least one

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New York’s Compassionate Care Act and The Road Ahead

I attended the National Cannabis Industry Association luncheon in New York City last week on the state of New York State’s recently enacted Compassionate Care Act. The highlights of this altogether excellent event were speeches by New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz and New York State Senator Diane Savino. Both speeches were thoughtful and both provided insight

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New York’s Compassionate Care Act

With New York inching towards a medical marijuana legalization statute, today seems as good a day as any to look at the proposed legislation and what New York’s medical cannabis regime would look like. The proposed bill is called the “Compassionate Care Act.” The big questions regarding this act are who will be eligible as