by on August 2, 2018
The mother stock lasts four to six months before it has to be replaced. Gov. Andrew Cuomo created a new state panel Thursday that will come up with legislation to legalize marijuana New York, marking the state's latest step toward allowing the drug for recreational purposes. The 20-person workgroup — filled with Cuomo administration officials, college professors and law enforcement officers — will be tasked with crafting a bill to allow recreational marijuana for state lawmakers to con...
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by on August 1, 2018
Some of the worst water tanks are in the city’s public housing, cleaners say. Birds and insects were found inside the water tanks atop NYCHA’s Elliott housing development in 2017. The evidence of contamination was there in black and white – until it disappeared. The New York City Housing Authority’s handwritten “Annual Roof Tank Inspection Reports” chronicle a history of tainted drinking water tanks that the housing agency failed to report to city health officials, according to an e...
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by on August 1, 2018
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried declared the RAND report a “triumph” and said he would raise the taxes on high-income earners to protect low-income earners. A bill that would establish a single-payer health system in New York is financially feasible and could curtail spending in future years, if assumptions that range from the questionable to the improbable take place, according to a long-awaited study unveiled Wednesday. The New York Health Act would provide universal insurance coverage...
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by on July 31, 2018
A new study that puts an astronomical price tag on a Medicare-for-all proposal has prompted mockery from conservatives and defensive cries from liberals. The analysis, from the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University, focuses on legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and estimates that his proposal to create a national health insurance system would lead to a $32.6 trillion increase in federal spending over a 10-year period. The eye-popping figure i...
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by on July 23, 2018
When it comes to social policy, President Trump embraces conservative politics as usual, continuing a nearly four-decades-long effort to make these policies more restrictive. Earlier this month, the White House Council of Economic Advisers called for more “welfare reform,” which would be accomplished by expanding work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“food stamps”), Medicaid and rental housing assistance programs. Mr. Trump and his conservative allies in Con...
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by on July 13, 2018
The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a "gateway drug," released a state Health Department report on Friday that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outweigh the potential negative impacts." "Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment," the 75-page document says. "No insurm...
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by on June 12, 2018
A new report looks at the impact of speaking fees, free meals and other perks on New York doctors' prescribing habits New York doctors who accepted speaking fees, honoraria, meals and other forms of payment from opioid manufacturers started writing more prescriptions for the narcotic painkillers, according to an analysis from the New York State Health Foundation. When comparing physicians in similar specialties who historically prescribed similar amounts of opioids, the researchers fou...
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by on June 10, 2018
The unusual move could hand Democrats an electoral advantage in November TO REPUBLICANS, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is the zombie that endures countless hits to rise from its knees and haunt America’s health-care industry. The signature legislative achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency, which brought health coverage to 20m Americans, faced dozens of House repeal votes during Mr Obama’s two terms in office and survived a pair of Supreme Court challenges (in ...
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by on June 5, 2018
Last month, a front page New York Times story about the city’s marijuana possession enforcement set off alarm bells. Its headline: “Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic.” The city’s longstanding unequal and unjust marijuana enforcement was well-known and well-documented by news outlets including The Daily News, Politico New York, WNYC and organizations like The Drug Policy Alliance and Legal Aid Society. Over the last two years, more than 85 percent of...
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by on May 31, 2018
CBD is a chemical compound that, like THC, is derived from cannabis and hemp, but it’s non-psychoactive. Azuca's CBD-infused products include sugar and lemonade. The company will later introduce syrups. As mounting political pressure makes the legalization of recreational cannabis in New York likelier by the day, the founder of a popular brunch spot known for its family-friendly, wholesome vibe is getting ahead of the curve. Bubby’s owner Ron Silver, who founded his original upscale...
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by on May 30, 2018
New York might be getting a step closer to legalizing marijuana. The state health department has completed its much-anticipated study into the legalization of the drug, but as of the time of this writing it has not been released. Sources said Tuesday that the study — which Gov. Andrew Cuomo commissioned earlier this year — highlights the benefits of legalization on criminal justice reforms and a tax on the drug, but it stops short of fully endorsing the legalization. Two weeks ago, ...
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by on May 27, 2018
A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR AN ISSUE THAT EFFECTS MORE THAN YOU WOULD THINK The cocoon illuminated at night. A south Bronx community and a Manhattan artist have taken a creative, unique approach to raise awareness of gun violence and its detrimental impact. Titled ‘Tracing the Bullet: a story of community and gun violence,’ artist Kate Browne and her Bronx-based team took three weeks to assemble a temporary, ten-foot tall, walk-able wooden cocoon at the Andrew Jackson Houses basketball c...
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