New York Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Could medical marijuana company’s past haunt its future?

Omar Sacirbey  | July 27, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Vireo Health, a multistate medical marijuana business, has aggressive expansion plans. But the Minnesota company's goals could be undermined by two former executives whom prosecutors allege moved cannabis across state lines, a violation of federal law.

There has already been fallout, and industry observers say there's potential for more.

New York aims to ramp up hemp industry with new law, funding

Kevin Huhn  | July 13, 2017

New York is bullish on hemp.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at boosting production of hemp and committed $10 million in state funds to ramp up the industry.

In signing the bill into law, the governor said hemp holds great potential for New York’s agricultural and biotech industries.

According to the Albany Times …

Etain relocating medical marijuana dispensary to Manhattan

Omar Sacirbey  | June 29, 2017

In a move that could generate more revenue, Etain is planning to close its medical marijuana dispensary in Albany, New York, and open a new location in Manhattan.

The New York Health Department has already approved Etain’s move, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Etain, one of five licensed medical marijuana companies in the …

New York poised to add PTSD to MMJ qualifying conditions

John Schroyer  | June 21, 2017

New York’s five medical cannabis licensees are a signature away from being able to serve patients that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The state legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would add PTSD to the qualifying conditions list for medical marijuana in the state. The bill heads now to Gov. …

Week in Review: New York medical cannabis lawsuit, Vermont MMJ expansion & Texas’ preliminary CBD licensees

John Schroyer  | May 5, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

New York medical marijuana dispensaries file suit to prevent new competitors, Vermont lawmakers approve expanding the state’s MMJ program, and Texas awards three preliminary licenses for its CBD program.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

New York medical cannabis businesses sue to limit licensees

Omar Sacirbey  | May 1, 2017

A majority of New York’s medical marijuana companies are suing to stop the state Department of Health from awarding new licenses, saying the competition could damage an industry that is operating below capacity because of a relatively small patient base.

Four of New York’s five licensed MMJ businesses also claim that the …

From Big Pharma to the cannabis industry: Q&A with PharmaCann’s Chris Diorio

Omar Sacirbey  | March 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

If marijuana business entrepreneurs are wondering whether pharmaceutical professionals might be interested in jumping over to cannabis, the answer is a resounding yes.

Take Chris Diorio, a 25-year pharma industry veteran who recently made such a move, becoming director of research and development for PharmaCann of New York.

New York’s medical marijuana reforms could expand patient pool

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2017

Two changes to New York’s medical marijuana program – one this week and the other coming next week – could bolster the state’s lagging MMJ patient pool.

A new rule allowing physician assistants to certify patients for MMJ took effect Wednesday, the Albany Times Union reported, following an earlier regulation that permitted nurse …