New York Marijuana News

State police discovered a huge marijuana growing operation from an island on the Susquehanna River in Owego.

According to a post on the New York State Police Facebook Page, it’s approximately $30,000 worth of pot. Troopers from the Underwater Recovery Team assisted the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team(CNET) to uncover the marijuana from the island on Sept. 15.

Police have not made an arrest in the investigation. 

As of Saturday morning, more than 2,000 Facebook users have reacted to the post and it has been shared over 600 times.

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Published Sep 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm (Updated Sep 21, 2017)

In pain and looking for an alternative to pills? Just reach for your smartphone and get your legal New York medical marijuana certification online in minutes.


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While the New York State Medical Marijuana Program is making it increasingly difficult to find a medical marijuana doctor and obtain a street-legal medical marijuana card or certificate, NuggMD has made the whole process easy-squeezy-lemon-breezy. You no longer have to google “marijuana evaluations near me” or “24 hour dispensaries near me” and come up slim.

All you need is a valid government issued ID with a New York address, proof that you suffer from one of cannabis’ qualifying medical ailments, and any device that connects you to

It’s not a pipe dream anymore. You can get a New York medical marijuana card online from the privacy of your own home via your smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop in minutes.

Timing Is Everything In cannabis, as in comedy, timing is everything.

New York medical marijuana proponents and potential patients are experiencing a harmonic convergence of sorts. Within the last two years, the following changes have paved the way to easy mmj access in New York State:

The State of New York passed Senate Bill 2405, allowing health providers to deliver services via “electronic information and communication technologies.” The passage of Assembly Bill 6357 permits medical marijuana doctors to conduct evaluations via the internet and prescribe cannabis products to those who need them. NuggMD has expanded into New York State, just in time to simplify the medical marijuana application and registration process. NuggMD is the world’s oldest and most reliable telemedicine portal for medical marijuana certification. Their foothold in the Empire State is a blessing for all cannabis

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Published Sep 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm (Updated Sep 21, 2017)

Are you curious about seeing a doctor in New York for medical marijuana? Now you can, online in 10 minutes!


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If you’re a New York State resident asking yourself, “where can I get marijuana evaluations near me?” and “is there a 24 hour dispensary near me?,” you’ve come to the right place at the right time.

The NYS Medical Marijuana Program is in full swing thanks to NuggMD, the nation’s fastest-growing service to connect with a New York medical marijuana doctor. Getting your medical certification and cannabis card has never been easier—so what’s stopping you?

“I don’t want my name on any government list”

You’re kidding, right? The only place your name appears is on the closely-guarded state medical marijuana program’s list of patients, and only until your MMJ recommendation expires.

Having your name on that list keeps you from being arrested or harassed by police for marijuana possession. Neither the federal government nor ANY law enforcement agency has ever subpoenaed the records of state medical cannabis programs for any reason in the 20+ years records have been kept.

NuggMD keeps the process discreet and makes sure your medical marijuana records remain hidden under federal patient privacy laws.

“I probably won’t qualify for a NYS medical marijuana card”

Although there are no guarantees, remember that NuggMD is here is help you navigate the strict regulations to and get legal in the Empire State. The program is in place to include people who most need access to high-quality marijuana products, not exclude them.

Currently, the list of qualifying medical conditions reads like a list of grave ailments—AIDS, HIV, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, neuropathies, Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, cancer and Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). But now chronic pain has

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Horticulture technician Matthew Dobbs bar codes new plants in Vireo Health’s new greenhouse at their medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility Tryon Technology Park Wednesday June 21, 2017 in Johnstown, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union) less Horticulture technician Matthew Dobbs bar codes new plants in Vireo Health’s new greenhouse at their medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility Tryon Technology Park Wednesday June 21, 2017 in … more Photo: John Carl D’Annibale

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Cannabis plants in flower at Vireo Health’s medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility Tryon Technology Park Wednesday June 21, 2017 in Johnstown, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

Cannabis plants in flower at Vireo Health’s medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility Tryon Technology Park Wednesday June 21, 2017 in Johnstown, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

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Products on display at Etain’s Albany medical marijuana dispensary in January. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

Products on display at Etain’s Albany medical marijuana dispensary in January. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

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Chief operating officer Hillary Peckham with examples of their brands as Etain holds an Open House at their medical marijuana dispensary Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 in Albany, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union) less Chief operating officer Hillary Peckham with examples of their brands as Etain holds an Open House at their medical marijuana dispensary Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 in Albany, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times … more Photo: John Carl D’Annibale

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Police departments like to announce when they’ve made big drug busts. Usually these announcements garner a lot of positive press coverage. But the New York State Police learned that when the drug you seize is marijuana, you might not get the right kind of attention.

The New York State Police seized $30,000 worth of marijuana from an island in the middle of a state river. Considering the worth of the product, they thought this would be excellent press for the department so they posted about the bust on their Facebook page. Here is their post:

Unfortunately for the police, the post did not receive the response from their Facebook fans as expected. The post currently has nearly 2,000 likes/reactions and 500 shares, as well as over 300 comments. But most of those posters are not applauding the drug bust.

“Show me a boat load of heroin and I will be impressed,” reads the highest liked comment on the post.

“LMFAO good waste of resources BOYS. If you haven’t figured it out by now, YOU NEVER WILL. Marijuana is not the problem it never has been and it never will be,” reads the second highest liked comment.

The best comment though says, “Thank God you wasted all those tax dollars getting rid of some jazz cabbage. A bag of Doritos owes you their life.”

The vast majority of the comments criticize the police for wasting their resources on seizing marijuana when there are far more dangerous drugs out there that the could be focusing on. 

Maybe if they made this Facebook post in 1987 this would’ve gotten a hardy round of applause. But today, it just highlights the misguided priorities of America’s police departments.

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Cannabis And Infertility: It’s a longstanding complaint that, when it comes to medical research, men’s bodies still represent a sort of norm against which women are considered a hard to understand deviation. The field of medical cannabis is no exception.

According to a 2013 literature review, the role of the cannabinoids in women’s reproductive health “has been poorly studied.” That’s despite the fact that we knew all the way back in 1973 that cannabinoid blood levels spike during ovulation and that a 2009 study established that the entire endocannabinoid system (ECS) is present and quietly active in the ovaries.

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What little we do know, however, is probably something you don’t want to hear: The evidence “strongly suggests that [the cannabinoids] exert potent negative effects on the ovulatory cycle.”

This is backed by mouse-tissue studies showing that THC inhibits ovulation and egg production. In real-human life, marijuana users have proven to be not so successful at IVF—they have poorer quality eggs and lower pregnancy rates than non-users. But how does that translate into a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant? Read on.

It also seems that the ECS also plays a role in creating—or, rather, as the evidence shows, impeding—the tiny contractions that help propel an embryo out of the oviduct and into the uterus. This makes intuitive sense because we’ve seen that marijuana has an anti-cramping and anti-convulsive effect in other arenas, such as in Crohn’s disease and epilepsy. In those cases, however, a dampening of muscle action is exactly what we want. If you want to have a viable baby, though, you want muscular fallopian tubes contracting away at full bore.

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While at least some researchers conclude that unraveling the riddle of

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Police discovered an island of marijuana on Sept. 15.(Photo: Provided.)

Troopers discovered $30,000 worth of marijuana on a Susquehanna River island in Owego, police say.

According to the a post on the New York State Police Facebook Page, troopers from the Underwater Recovery Team assisted CNET to eradicate the marijuana from the island on Sept. 15.

As of Friday morning, over one thousand Facebook users have reacted to the post, which has been shared over 400 times. 

This report will be updated. 

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Karson Humiston started a student travel company while she was still an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. But before she graduated, she’d already decided to do something bigger.


Humiston took stock of her growing professional network–mainly comprised of fellow students and recent grads–and tried to reverse-engineer an idea that they’d all find useful. “A hangover pill would be great,” she quips, “but you have to be capable of creating one.” So if not that, then what about jobs? she thought. “Everyone’s parents would say, ‘The clock is ticking, what are you going to do?’” says Humiston. And since she and her friends were applying to jobs they weren’t passionate about, in fields that didn’t excite them, she recalls, “I started looking into industries that I thought would be exciting to millennials.”

That’s what led Humiston, who’s now 24, to start looking into cannabis.

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Opportunities Hidden In Plain Sight

Unlike so many other fields, Humiston soon realized, the cannabis industry has high growth potential and lots of opportunity for career development–even if a candidate had no prior experience. What could be better suited to entry-level and early-career professionals? This insight was one reason why Humiston found herself in the middle of a cannabis trade show in early 2015. (The other was the fact that her dad is involved in the industry.)

According to Arcview Market Research‘s “The State of Legal Marijuana Markets” report, the state-legal cannabis markets will continue to grow at a 27% rate through 2021. And despite conflicting signals from the Trump administration, the 2016 election saw eight more states vote to legalize marijuana, for a total of 28 that now have medical

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Legalizing cannabis doesn’t just create jobs involving cultivation of the plant; it also creates businesses that aid those cultivations, infused-product manufacturers and dispensaries. Ancillary businesses to the cannabis industry can be in anything from extraction technology to industry consulting, with many, many things in between.

Ancillary businesses represent the largest and broadest sector of the cannabis industry, according to multiple industry reports, and many of the top companies are based in Colorado. Of the top 150 ancillary cannabis businesses on a recent list from Cannabis Business Executive, 41 are headquartered in Colorado. By comparison, California had 35 on the list, while Washington and Oregon combine for just 22.

As the first state to legalize recreational cannabis, Colorado had a head start on encouraging entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition, or to further grow already existing businesses. You may have heard of some of these success stories, such as the Vicente Sederberg law firm and Leafbuyer, thanks to their media presence or consumer-facing products, while others are content to fly under the radar.

Compiling reader surveys and research over the span of four months, CBE chose its 150 favorite ancillary businesses and split them into categories. The highest-ranking Colorado company and only one to crack the top fifteen was Nexus Greenhouse Systems, a greenhouse manufacturer based in Northglenn. However, the company might want to widen its focus: According to the 2017 Marijuana Business Factbook, ancillary businesses that serve industries outside of cannabis have 7 percent higher profitability than those that don’t. The top overall entry on CBE’s list, Hawthorne Gardening, is a New York-based hydroponics and gardening provider that serves a wide array of cultivations beyond cannabis.

View the entire list and learn more about CBE’s grading methods on the CBE site. Here are the Colorado companies that made the cut, their focus and their rank:

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Low Hanging Fruit in California

Guest post by Andrew Kline, President, National Association of Cannabis Businesses

As the New York Times recently reported, California is already a major “exporter” of cannabis to other states. If California’s new state-wide regulatory regime, expected to come online in 2018, fails to tame this problem, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other cannabis opponents will have more ammunition to argue that states’ cannabis regulatory systems are ineffective at preventing black market sales across state lines. Indeed, California’s success at reining in illegal grows and preventing diversion from state-licensed businesses is likely to have profound impacts on the Federal government’s approach to cannabis businesses across the country. Thankfully, licensed businesses are positioned to take several steps that will protect themselves and the industry at large.

California faces a challenge that is unique among states that have legalized cannabis.  Since medical cannabis was legalized in the state in 1996, cannabis businesses have only been regulated locally. As a result, many cultivators have operated in a grey area with essentially no accountability to government regulators. Now, as the state prepares to roll out a system that requires all cannabis businesses to be licensed and maintain compliance with complex regulations, California must address the many growers that are unwilling or unable to meet new legal requirements.

If allowed to persist, the presence of illegal cannabis growers in California means that supply will continue to far outpace demand. Consequently, the market will be flooded with cannabis that is unregulated, dangerous to consumers, easier to move across state lines, and more likely to be a cause of violent criminal activity.

Nobody wins when the legal and illicit markets are left to compete with each other. If illegal operations are allowed to persist, the public is exposed to a greater threat of crime,

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