New York Marijuana News Update

New York Marijuana News Update Governor Cuomo’s Plan Governor Cuomo is going to propose marijuana regulation. Note, he calls it “regulation” and not “recreation” so as not to remind anyone that marijuana can be fun.  He will propose it as a part of his proposed budget for the 19-20 fiscal year. I have been predicting this for months- since the Governor issued the Health Department’s report ahead of the election to signal his new position on legalization, ahem, I mean regulation.  Because marijuana legalization has a revenue component, Cuomo does not need any legislators to introduce a bill for him.  The state constitution allows him to propose whatever he likes as a part of the budgeting process if it has a fiscal impact, so he can take all the credit. New York Will Screw it Up If you are wondering how it will go, one can expect the state will tax it too high, will allow local governments to pile on and tax it into oblivion, will allow town boards to ban it completely (we have whole towns in NY that are orthodox Jewish and allowed to be segregated if you can believe that) and will not allow… 

Little Ole’ Tompkins County NY and Marijuana

Tompkins County Legislature Declares Support for Marijuana Legalization in New York The Tompkins County Legislature has officially declared its support for marijuana legalization in New York by issuing a formal resolution. Tompkins County is in rural Central NY and includes the city of Ithaca, home of Cornell University.  Cornell stands to be in the forefront of agricultural hemp and marijuana research and must be eagerly awaiting legalization. An Interesting Read Here is the resolution in part. It reads like a total damnation of marijuana prohibition in the US and NY especially: WHEREAS, since the drug war was initiated in the 1970s, over $1 trillion has been spent nationally enforcing drug laws, including those pertaining to marijuana, and WHEREAS, the existing drug laws have contributed significantly to the mass incarceration of two million American citizens which represents the highest imprisonment rate of any nation and 25% of the world’s prisoners, and WHEREAS, marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance and marijuana possession is the most commonly charged drug offense; accounting each year for over 600,000 Americans who are arrested, imprisoned, fined, or otherwise criminalized and stigmatized, potentially for life, because of their use of marijuana, and WHEREAS, New York State… 

Canadian Cannabis Shortage

Widespread Canadian Cannabis Shortage Experts are predicting Canada will suffer a legal weed shortage until at least 2020.  What do Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Saskatchewan have in common?  They have all had serious cannabis shortages. Devastating for Business and Hourly Employees One dispensary took only a few hours to sell out and had to close their doors before lunch on opening day.  This is devastating for the businesses that depend on the predicted revenue and employees who depend on the hours of pay they expected to get. One dispensary suspended online sales because they sold have their inventory online in minutes. Government’s Inaction – Time to Speak Up! Everyone said this wasn’t going to happen, but seriously, the government kills just about everything it touches.  The government doesn’t care about businesses failing or investors’ money going down the drain.  Government has little regard for business and most government employees have never had to make a payroll or pay attention to the bottom line. Instead of re-grouping and re-engineering their processes, they will continue to slow walk the applications for licenses unless they are re-motivated. Convicting Government Incompetence – Time to Speak Up!… 

How to Shop for Marijuana in Massachusetts

How to Shop for Marijuana in Massachusetts So now that a couple of stores are open in Massachusetts, here is what you need to know. Where can I buy marijuana? So far, just two have opened their doors: Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access, or NETA, in Northampton. The next to open are likely to be Pharmacannis Massachusetts in Wareham, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, and INSA in Easthampton. What should I buy? Whatever you buy, just take it slow.  If you haven’t had a toke since 1979 you will be knocked on your behind if you suck on a joint the way you used to. There has been a lot of genetic engineering over the last 40 years. The bud tenders are solid though and will steer you in the right direction. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. How much will it cost? Doesn’t matter – just bring lots of cash and since you will be waiting in a long – get all you can afford within the legal limit. For about $60, you’ll get an eighth of an ounce.  That’s enough for light smoker for a few weeks. How much can I buy? Legally,…