The Difference the Initiative Process Makes for Marijuana: A Tale of Two States

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 2:59 pm

To understand how important and effective the initiative process has been for advancing marijuana reform we need only look at two states recently in the news for the issue, New York and Oregon.

 

New York Senate Committee Advances Medical Marijuana

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 6:35 pm

The Empire State took an important step towards becoming the 23rd state to adopt medical marijuana. On Tuesday the Senate voted 9-8 in favor of the S. 4406B, the Compassionate Care Act. This now sends the bill to the Senate Finance Committee.

This vote is important because the state senate has been the main obstacle preventing New York from adopting medical marijuana.

NY Fracking Decision Delayed by Cuomo, Too Early to Pop Champagne Bottles

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 3:06 pm

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration – led by a potential 2016 Democratic Party nominee for president – has announced it won’t achieve the late-Feb. deadline it set on whether or not it would green light shale gas drilling, known by most as “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing).

NY Fracking Scandal: 7 Groups Demand Conflict of Interest Investigation of Cuomo Administration

By: Monday February 11, 2013 3:23 pm

New York could soon become the newest state in the union to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the controversial technique used to enable shale oil and gas extraction. The green light from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo could transpire in as little as “a couple of weeks,” according to journalist and author Tom Wilber.

That timeline, of course, assumes things don’t take any crazy twists or turns.

New York’s Camel’s Nose on Fracking

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 5:46 pm

Well, it’s finally happened – NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the DEC are basically caving to two bodies of people: rural landowners who are in trouble because the dairy industry is in trouble and energy interests.

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