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Amid Cuomo’s Controversies, New York’s Cannabis Legalization Push Persists

As the controversies mount for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, so, too, do the efforts to ramp up support for the cannabis legalization bill that is competing with his plan to legalize by budget.  For the second time this month, cannabis reform advocates held a lobby day to push for the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation […]

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As the controversies mount for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, so, too, do the efforts to ramp up support for the cannabis legalization bill that is competing with his plan to legalize by budget. 

For the second time this month, cannabis reform advocates held a lobby day to push for the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (S.854/A.1248), introduced by Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. Both lawmakers, along with several others, spoke during Monday’s event, the Women in Cannabis Lobby Day, as did representatives from local and national advocacy groups and cannabis companies. The event fell on International Women’s Day. 

Unsurprisingly, Cuomo came up during the event, and not just in the context of his budget plan. Shortly after Cuomo faced renewed scrutiny over his handling of nursing homes amid COVID-19, five women have now accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. Dozens of lawmakers have called for either impeachment or resignation, including Krueger and Peoples-Stokes, who want Cuomo to resign. 

“I want to say there’s a lot of distractions in Albany right now, but we’re staying focused,” said Melissa Moore, the New York State director of the Drug Policy Alliance. 

“If New York is having a conversation about listening to women,” Moore continued, “New York needs to pass marijuana justice now with the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act because legalization is a gender justice issue. Women have had their children torn from their arms because of just an allegation of marijuana use.”

The deadline to legalize cannabis by budget is April 1, and the deadline to pass MRTA is in June. Legalization efforts in New York failed in 2020 and in 2019, both by budget and by bill, in large part due to the inability of lawmakers and Cuomo to agree by deadlines on a handful of issues like allocation of cannabis tax revenue and equity measures. This year, Cuomo revised his budget proposal in response to early criticisms following its introduction in January, but as Cannabis Wire recently reported, advocates and lawmakers have said it’s not enough. 

Despite these early disagreements and distractions, Krueger said during Monday’s event that she’s “very optimistic” that “this is the year we might actually get this done in New York.”

“It’s critical that we get it done right. You only get one chance at it. So, the focus that Crystal and I have continued to bring to our effort,” Krueger continued, “is to make sure that legalizing marijuana for recreational adult use, for expanded medical purposes, and for opening up more of the CBD hemp market is all done thoughtfully and with a real focus on ending criminalization of these drugs, cleaning the records of people who got caught up in the drug war, making sure there are investments in communities of color who disproportionately were harmed by the drug war for the last 70, 80 years, and to make sure that we are not simply becoming a state that makes the mistake of allowing big pharma or big alcohol to simply come in and take control of cannabis products.”

The bill put forth by Krueger and Peoples-Stokes would also direct cannabis tax revenue toward drug use education and treatment. On Monday, Krueger emphasized the need for a regulated market to keep cannabis out of the hands of those younger than 21, while understanding “that most people start experimenting with cannabis before they’re 21.” One early issue with Cuomo’s budget proposal that advocates highlighted was that it would have increased the penalty for selling cannabis to a person under 21 from a misdemeanor to a felony, but that was changed in his revision last month.

“I last used cannabis in 1976, Rocky Horror Picture Show in Chicago, but I was certainly using it way before 21,” Krueger said.

Peoples-Stokes spoke immediately after Krueger, and focused on the “need to start pounding a little harder, not just on the governor, but on people across the state” when it comes to building support for the bill.

“The polls already tell us that if we had this opportunity as a referendum, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now because the people would have voted it up,” she continued, pointing out that New Yorkers don’t have the power to bring forth an initiative, as is the case in many other states. 

In addition to issues with the penalties in Cuomo’s proposal, its exclusion of home cultivation, and its thinner equity provisions, a recurring critique has focused on Cuomo’s framing of legalization as a revenue driver. During Monday’s event, Assembly member Richard Gottfried reiterated that legalization should focus on justice, not dollars. 

“I don’t like it when people say, ‘oh, this will help generate revenue to balance the budget,’” he said. “It’s probably not going to produce revenue for a couple of years. And there will be a couple of zeros missing from there being enough money to balance any budget. The reason for doing this is to get the criminal justice system out of the business of enforcing marijuana prohibition. It’s a broken system. It damages lives.” 

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Source: https://cannabiswire.com/2021/03/08/amid-cuomos-controversies-new-yorks-cannabis-legalization-push-persists/

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Ask the Dentist: Could CBD help tackle not just plaque but deadly diseases?

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OVER Easter an insect took a liking to my leg and bit it. I thought nothing of it until the area started to swell and hurt a week later. To quell my runaway thoughts of spreading infection, cellulitis and death I decided to speak to a doctor, who prescribed some antibiotics. These are the first I have taken in 20 years and they worked a treat; the leg has been saved and equilibrium restored.

It got me thinking about how lucky we are to be able to stop infections from spreading and causing complications. Dentists prescribe about 10 per cent of all antibiotics given out – that’s a humongous three million scripts for dental infections written each year in the UK alone.

Antibiotics have been around for thousands of years but not in the modern fashion; the Egyptians squished mouldy bread on to their infected wounds to treat them. We needed to wait until 1909, when the German doctor Paul Ehrlich discovered that the chemical arsphenamine was effective when treating syphilis, before the first antibiotic was given to eternally grateful patients.

As with all good things, the success of antibiotics has a sting in its tail, that is the emergence of stubborn antibiotic-resistant infections. The rise of antibiotic resistance causes untold damage and death so researchers have logically been on the lookout for alternatives to antibiotics that can tame these difficult infections.

The University of Queensland and Botanix Pharmaceuticals Limited have teamed up and made a breakthrough discovery about cannabidiol, CBD. CBD is one of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana) – and it’s always stressed that it doesn’t cause a high as if that were a positive, which I will deliberate over while drinking my Bacardi and lemonade…

I digress. The researchers have shown for the first time that CBD can kill the bacteria responsible for gonorrhoea, meningitis and legionnaires disease. This is to be used to provide a new type of antimicrobial, the first in 60 years, that can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The scientists also showed that CBD was useful in breaking down plaque bacteria on teeth which may see it being added to mainstream toothpastes in the future.

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