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Canadian sentenced for running US pot smuggling

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A 66-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced in a northern New York court to 10 years in prison for his leading role in a multi-million-dollar marijuana smuggling operation.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Thursday that 66-year-old Nicolas Varacalli of Montreal was recently sentenced in federal court in Syracuse, where he pleaded guilty last December to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana: What's coming for NYS?

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana might be dead for the year, saying he does not think "it has a future" in the 2014 session.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28402283@N07/3410000930/">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY health chief sees marijuana study within a year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's health commissioner says he expects the state trial of medical marijuana to be up and running within a year.

Dr. Nirav Shah tells lawmakers at a hearing Monday that the research is intended to examine the drug's effectiveness in patient treatment, for example with pain in stages of cancer.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/53627445@N06/6201657004/">West Annex News</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: West Annex News, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Toronto mayor backs pot decriminalization

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is weighing in on another hot topic. He told a U.S.-based radio talk show today that Canada's government should decriminalize marijuana but he doesn't think it will happen.  Go to full article

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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

VT legislature tackling major issues before session's end

The Vermont legislative session is winding down for the year, but lawmakers still plan to tackle some hot button issues over the next week.  Go to full article

Vermont legislators look forward to new session

The Vermont legislature's 2013 session is getting underway. The legislature will likely address some hot-button issues, possibly including some the state has considered for years, including the legalization of medical marijuana, and assisted suicide.  Go to full article
Richard Stratton hopes to run for governor in 2014. Photo provided by Richard Stratton.
Richard Stratton hopes to run for governor in 2014. Photo provided by Richard Stratton.

Former "High Times" editor plans 2014 run for governor

A former editor of High Times magazine who once did federal prison time in the Adirondacks wants to run for governor in 2014.

Richard Stratton filed initial paperwork with the New York State Board of Elections earlier this month. He hopes to win the Republican line and take on Governor Andrew Cuomo.

An author, filmmaker and activist, Stratton says his time in prison has helped shape his views on prison reform and drug laws.  Go to full article

Governor Cuomo moves to ease penalties for small amounts of marijuana

Governor Cuomo is proposing the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana found during police searches. He says the change, which will apply throughout the state, will fix what he says is a "blatant inconsistency" in New York City's controversial stop and frisk policy. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

Spitzer warms to medical marijuana measure

Governor Eliot Spitzer says he's changed his mind and will now sign a bill legalizing medical uses for marijuana in New York if it's passed by the legislature. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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