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Cannabis and Mental Health

CannaCritic: Highlighting important and challenging issues around cannabis. Cannabis and Mental HealthMany believe that medical cannabis may be helpful with alleviating symptoms of mental illnesses, such as Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but the effects of cannabis use on the brain and ment...
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Cases of Children Consuming Cannabis Edibles Up 600%

According to the Upstate NY Poison Center, cases of children exposed to cannabis edibles have increased sixfold since 2019. In 2019, the center received just 22 calls regarding kids or teenagers under 19 years old that had consumed cannabis edibles. As of August 2022, the center has addressed 124 c...
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Niagara County Community College to Host Inaugural Cannabis Conference

When is the SUNY Cannabis Conference Happening? The SUNY Cannabis Conference will be held on January 10, 2023, at 9:00 am.  Where is the Conference Taking Place? The conference will take place at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, in Sanborn, NY 1...
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Empire State Cannabis Update: A Primer on Adult-Use Cannabis Advertising

The Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) announced at the March 2, 2023 Cannabis Control Board (“CCB”) meeting that it is doubling the size of the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) program from 150 to 300 licensees, underscoring its commitment to...
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Hochul Takes Aim at Illicit Dispensaries

While the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) has struggled to get dispensaries opened up throughout the state, they’ve continued to battle the pervasive problem of countless illicit dispensaries stealing market share from licensed or soon-to-be licensed dispensaries. Since decriminalization d...
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Higher Education: Colleges and Universities Move to Embrace Cannabis

Years ago, the idea of cannabis-centric degree programs would seem unimaginable. Now, colleges all across the state are designing programs tailored to the needs of the cannabis industry, and rightly so. Estimates show that the New York market could create 30,000-60,000 jobs in the coming years. Role...
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Corruption in Cannabis: A Multi-State Saga

Recently, the burgeoning cannabis industry in New York State has captivated the attention of entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers alike. Simultaneously, we are beginning to see examples around the country of alleged corruption and illicit practices which threaten that very potential.  As NY...
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HHS Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis to Schedule III

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recommended that cannabis be rescheduled from Schedule I to Schedule III under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This is a significant development that could have a major impact on the cannabis industry and the way cannabis is reg...
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Top 10 Reasons To Still Get Your Medical Card In NY 2024

While recreational cannabis is now legal in New York, there are still some key advantages to having your medical card. Here are the top 10 reasons you should still consider getting a medical cannabis card! Top 10 Reasons 1. Access to Higher Quality (Better) Products: Medical cannabis patients can...
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