Category Archives: New York

New York Approves Bill Legalizing Overdose Prevention Center

A New York Senate committee passed a bill authorizing the establishment of a state-sanctioned overdose prevention center (or OPC, also referred to as supervised consumption sites or safer consumption spaces). Safer consumption spaces are supervised places to use illegal drugs under medical supervision. The legislation, Senate Bill S399A (the enactment of the Safer Consumption Services […]

New York Governor Signs Legislation To Reign In Illicit Weed Market

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday signed legislation to reign in the state’s illicit marijuana market that includes penalties for unlicensed cannabis retailers of up to $20,000 per day. The legislation, which increases civil and tax penalties for the illicit sale of cannabis in New York, was signed into law as part of the […]

Littered Joint Roaches Wreak Havoc for Dog Parents in New York City

A growing chorus of dog parents are complaining about the scourge of joint roaches littered on New York City streets, less than six months into adult-use cannabis sales. KTLA 5 reports that dog parents and veterinarians are concerned about dogs eating littered roaches throughout New York City, which they say is a public nuisance. Dr. […]

Battle Erupts Over Harlem Dispensary Across the Street from Apollo Theater

A battle is underway to fight a new dispensary from opening in Harlem at a site known for its place in music history. CBS2 reports that plans are unfolding to open a dispensary in a building on 125th Street, across the street from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The 125th Street Business Improvement […]

Jon’s Stone-Cold Cop List #36: Live from New York

Happy belated 4/20 y’all! I hope you enjoyed the special print version of the Cop List that went up last week. That one originally ran in the magazine but I figured since it was the holiday, and I didn’t want to rush a new one out just yet, that was a safe one to let […]

New York Governor Launches Campaign Urging Consumers To Buy Legal Weed

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday launched a new statewide campaign to encourage consumers to purchase cannabis from the state’s regulated recreational marijuana market. New York legalized adult-use cannabis in 2021, and regulated sales of recreational marijuana began at the state’s first licensed dispensary in Manhattan in late December 2022. “To bolster the public […]

Culture Snap: Basquiat’s King Pleasure

Writer’s note: Lately I’ve been getting invited to shows and events that… well, would have made my teenage self do backflips. In an effort to share more cultural significance with you all, I’ll occasionally post “Snaps’” highlighting these events, shows or projects for you to attend, or at least get a glimpse of, no matter […]

Will The House of Cannabis Become New York’s Next Must-See Attraction?

Living in New York City for these past 13 years has allowed me to see the city evolve up close. The five boroughs’ evolution, or at least some components, happens much quicker than some may think. One of those rapidly changing landscapes has been the cannabis scene.  The city continues to embrace the plant in […]

New York Regulators Approve 99 New Dispensary Licenses 

The New York Cannabis Control Board approved the 99 new licenses on April 3, increasing the total provisional retail dispensary licenses for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensaries (CAURD) to 165. “We are proud of today’s approval of 99 CAURD provisional licenses, marking a vast expansion of the Seeding Opportunity Initiative as we continue to build an […]

New York Launches Accelerator Program For Adult-Use Dispensary Owners

New York cannabis regulators last week offered new assistance to entrepreneurs in the state’s emerging cannabis industry with the launch of an accelerator program for recreational marijuana dispensary owners. Under the new program announced by the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) on Friday, the state’s Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) license holders will […]