marijuana http://wrvo.org en Patients urge New York to pass bill allowing better access to medical marijuana http://wrvo.org/post/patients-urge-new-york-pass-bill-allowing-better-access-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>Patients with serious health conditions, including children with a severe seizure disorder, came to the state Capitol to urge passage of a bill to better allow access to medical marijuana in New York.<br /><br />Kate Hinz is one of dozens of people who came to the Capitol on the first formal day of session to lobby for the bill to allow medical marijuana in New York as a treatment for a variety of medical conditions. Her daughter Morgan has Dravet’s syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that is incurable and very difficult to treat with conventional drugs.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:45:02 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49893 at http://wrvo.org Patients urge New York to pass bill allowing better access to medical marijuana Drug addiction experts want state to exercise caution with medical marijuana decision http://wrvo.org/post/drug-addiction-experts-want-state-exercise-caution-medical-marijuana-decision <p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:36:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 49732 at http://wrvo.org Taxes, marijuana and infrastructure to be discussed in State of the State address http://wrvo.org/post/taxes-marijuana-and-infrastructure-be-discussed-state-state-address <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his annual State of the State speech <span data-term="goog_907851482" tabindex="0">Wednesday</span>. Cuomo has already introduced some of his key agenda items, but there are still some surprises left. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Cuomo has already released a plan to cut business taxes, the estate tax, and a multi-step process to freeze property taxes.</p><p>He also invited Vice President Joe Biden to the Capitol to help lay out his plans for better handling future weather disasters.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:47:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49618 at http://wrvo.org Taxes, marijuana and infrastructure to be discussed in State of the State address Cuomo wary of wider marijuana legalization http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-wary-wider-marijuana-legalization <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:56:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49564 at http://wrvo.org Supporters urge Senate vote on marijuana decriminalization http://wrvo.org/post/supporters-urge-senate-vote-marijuana-decriminalization <p>Members of the legislature’s Black and Hispanic Caucus and their allies made a last minute push for a bill to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying current laws unfairly target young black and Latino men.<br><br>Assemblyman Karim Camara, who chairs the caucus, says the bill to decriminalize public possession of small amounts of marijuana is needed partly to fix an ongoing problem with the New York City Police Department’s Stop and Frisk policy. He and other supporters gathered outside the Senate chamber to call for a vote. &nbsp;<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:29:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39546 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers say weekend budget session increasingly likely http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-say-weekend-budget-session-increasingly-likely <p>The New York state budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:35:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35009 at http://wrvo.org End of session: No action on bill to decriminalize marijuana http://wrvo.org/post/end-session-no-action-bill-decriminalize-marijuana <p>A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana appears dead for the legislative session, now that Republicans in the Senate say they won&rsquo;t be acting on the bill.</p><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says it&rsquo;s &ldquo;highly unlikely&rdquo; that his bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana will be taken up by the Senate before the legislative session ends on Thursday, and Senate Leader Dean Skelos confirms that.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:13:29 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21260 at http://wrvo.org