“These are people that wrote the bill. They should’ve had these people in mind when they wrote those statutes.”
“These are people that wrote the bill. They should’ve had these people in mind when they wrote those statutes.”
“They’re the ones that live here. They’re the ones that have a voice.”
Niezgoda said that smaller infractions, and unintended smuggling, are another matter for travelers to keep in mind.
“It’s just crazy. It’s here. It’s already here. People are already smoking it. Let us just go and get a legal substance from a safe provider.”
“This legislation provides important updates to our state’s medical marijuana program to ensure that patients have improved access to medication.”
“The local law has to be adopted on or before Dec. 31, 2021. That’s coming up really quickly. It’s like a one or done shot. If you adopt it on Jan. 1, it has no effect.”
“These are growing pains. And the people that can navigate the growing pains, both with patience, intelligence and capital, they could come out in the next 3-5 years being pretty successful.”
“Whether you smoke, vape, take edibles — getting behind the wheel when you are under the influence poses a risk to everyone on the road.”
Under the new cannabis laws, police cannot use the smell of cannabis to initiate a search in most circumstances.
“The gavel came down and I was in my living room with tears streaming down my face.”
“We have gotten past the impasse of impaired driving and are looking to get language that will be satisfactory in the next day or so.”
“I feel much more comfortable about that scenario than I would around rushed budget negotiations that would be based off of the Governor’s position.”
“I spent this past weekend on the phone with the Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes working through it. We’re very close on marijuana.”
“What we’ve seen in other states like Colorado — less taxes and lower barrier to entry — means more revenue. More revenue means more money for community reinvestment.”
Legislative Democrats’ qualms don’t stop at the social equity funding, there are additional concerns as well with the taxation structure, criminal penalties and oversight of the Governor’s proposed Office of Cannabis Management.
Cuomo’s proposal would set aside $100 million of the state tax revenue generated by the cannabis industry to be reinvested for purposes of social equity, targeting communities disproportionately impacted by the state’s drug laws.
Cuomo, during his address on the state budget Tuesday, said the potential tax revenue from the cannabis industry would likely help garner support for legalization this year.
“I’ve tried to pass it, but this is the year that we need the funding and a lot of New Yorkers need the funding.”
PA faces a new dynamic if and when it considers whether to pursue its own recreational marijuana legalization measure.
“We know our hospitality industry is really taking a beating because of this pandemic, and they’re going to need to bounce back. Giving them an edge by having cannabis tourism is tremendously helpful.”
Gov. Tom Wolf calls for some of the revenue from marijuana sales to go toward “repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization.”
“I know the governor has a good heart, and I know he probably will try to make sure that there are resources invested in communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted.”
Many cannabis companies saw their stock prices soar in the first few months of 2019, only to see their valuations collapse.
Legislators did decriminalize possession of marijuana, from a misdemeanor to a fine, although people can still be arrested for having the drug on them.
The states also agreed to take more steps to discourage minors from vaping any type of products, including nicotine.
“Because it makes no sense to pass one set of rules in New York when they can just drive across the border to Connecticut and have a different set of rules and vice versa.”
For the first time, Pennsylvania’s governor is throwing his support behind fully legalizing marijuana. Republicans say they’re skeptical.
“By providing individuals who have suffered the consequences of an unfair marijuana conviction with a path to have their records expunged and by reducing draconian penalties, we are taking a critical step forward in addressing a broken and discriminatory criminal justice process.”
“This will really become our hub on the east coast of the United States to do this manufacturing and really scale the business.”
“For both conditions, medical marijuana is not first line treatment and should not replace traditional therapies but should be used in conjunction with them, when recommended by a physician.”
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – The 2019 New York legislative session saw the passage of a raft of legislation that has been blocked in previous years. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton spoke with WSKG’s Celia Clarke in the Ithaca studio. She represents Tompkins County and part of Cortland County in the state Assembly. Lifton spoke about the new farm labor rights, legalization of electrically-assisted bicycles and scooters, and why she thinks marijuana legalization is inevitable. The conversation begins with Lifton talking what she considers the most important accomplishment of the session.
Advocates of legalizing adult recreational marijuana plan to spend the next six months convincing New York lawmakers that allowing the drug to be sold.
“It makes the situation much, much better, especially for the black and brown community that has paid such a high price. But politically, the support was not there to pass legalization.”
“Where I have to be concerned is when it comes into the public safety of everybody in our community. And, you know, things like driving while ability impaired, is a big thing for me…
“Actually I’m pretty optimistic, which is going to surprise a lot of people. This is our chance. This is our opportunity to fulfill the things we were promised at election time.”
The survey found that over 85% percent of Democrats think legalized pot would not raise crime rates. That number is just under 50% for Republicans and 75% for independents.
After the failure to include legalized recreational marijuana in the New York state budget earlier this year, sponsors of the legislation say they are introducing a new bill that they hope stands a better chance at becoming law.
“If they are starting to suggest that I need to twist arms, then that’s a bad sign. Because arm-twisting doesn’t work. And it means they don’t have the political support.”
“There’s a lot of cannabis users, there’s a lot of people that use but are afraid to come out of the cannabis closet. Come out of the closet, be loud, be proud, because it’s coming.”
Pollsters said it’s not every day they see public opinion shift so rapidly.
Marijuana legalization has been left out of the state budget, but advocates say not all hope is lost.
“We’re not going to allow regulation to be shoehorned in a big ugly act at the end of June. We’re going to fight for legislative response that is actually comprehensive.”
Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana plan to hold rallies each day at the State Capitol this week.
There are still many unanswered questions about who would be permitted to grow marijuana, distribute it and sell it.
Cuomo is drawing some lines in the sand on items that he said must be in the spending plan, like a permanent property tax cap.
John Witzgall and Bob Bolus have a lot in common. Beyond retirement age and living in the Scranton area, they both voted for Donald Trump in 2016. Witzgall, 69, is a school bus driver. Bolus, 76, owns a trucking company. But when it comes to legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania, they are miles apart.
As part of his State of the State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to legalize recreational marijuana under the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. In a hearing on Wednesday, a committee of health and policy experts testified before the state legislature about the efficacy of the bill.
It seems all but inevitable that New York State will legalize recreational marijuana sometime this year, now that the governor and leaders of the legislature all agree that it should happen. But a coalition of groups, including county sheriffs and the PTA, warn of moving too quickly.
Governor Tom Wolf is taking yet another step toward full-throated support of recreational marijuana. After hinting that he’d be open to the idea late last year, Wolf’s lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, is kicking off a listening tour to discuss the issue statewide.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to release details of a plan to make recreational marijuana legal in New York state when he outlines his budget proposal later this month. Even the governor concedes, though, that there are many unanswered questions about how to proceed.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the wheels in motion Monday to debate the legalization of recreational marijuana use in 2019. But even if New York State lawmakers ultimately say yes, there will remain some institutions where adult casual use remains banned, while some will be faced with the question of how to regulate its use among its membership.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Residents across New York State have been participating in listening sessions on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. Most of the people at the listening sessions support a regulated marijuana program, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — A measure that would reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana has passed out of a House committee.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Cuomo’s administration is moving ahead on a recommendation to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, a move immediately criticized by Cuomo’s republican opponent for governor.
The top Senate Democrat will introduce a bill to decriminalize pot at the federal level. It is one of the furthest-reaching legislative efforts by any congressional leader affecting marijuana policy.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) –Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon has outlined her plans for legalizing marijuana in New York in a video, saying the state lags far behind some other states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s studying the issue. Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary, said New York should follow the lead of eight other states and end a “key front” in what she called the “racist” war on drugs. “I believe it’s time for New York to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C. and legalize the recreational use of marijuana,” Nixon said in the video. Nixon said 80 percent of the New Yorkers arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Four state treasurers, including Pennsylvania’s Joe Torsella, are trying to figure out where the federal government stands on legal marijuana.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — For several months, the state Health Department has been refusing to disclose who is on the panels that scored applications for medical marijuana licenses. But now, the Department of Open Records is ordering the agency to release the information. The Open Records decision comes after protracted back-and-forth between the DOH and PennLive. After releasing permits to grow, process and sell medical marijuana to select applicants, the department wouldn’t name the panelists who had made those decisions. The agency argued that might make panelists vulnerable to threats or bribes. But Erik Arneson, executive director of Open Records, said that reasoning is flawed.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) – As GOP leaders search high and low for more than two billion dollars to patch the commonwealth’s budget gaps, one state senator is trying to tempt his colleagues with revenue projections from one of his longtime pet issues–recreational marijuana. Over the last several years, Democrat Daylin Leach has never had much luck getting the legislature to take recreational weed seriously. The Montgomery County lawmaker said he still doesn’t have any illusions about getting a bill on the table for the current budget. Instead, he’s hoping new revenue estimates–which his staff put together with help from budget experts–grease the wheels for the coming years. Especially, he said, because they show significant, recurring revenue. “We’re heading into a period of enormous, unsustainable structural deficit, and a reluctance to raise any sort of money necessary to address them,” he said.