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A Busti man and woman were arrested Monday on drug charges while 183 marijuana plants were seized following an investigation into a "large-scale marijuana growing operation," according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Thomas D. Maher, 36, and Barbara L. Lobb, 30, both of Big Tree Road, were arrested on charges of unlawfully growing the plant of cannabis withou…

Courts

A Queens man pleaded guilty to assaulting a Customs and Border Patrol officer after he was caught with marijuana "gummies" at the Peace Bridge, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York announced Wednesday. Adriano Roberto Nunez, 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimida…

Crime

An inspection of a pallet of boxes at the Peace Bridge Thursday turned up over 257 pounds of marijuana, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Friday. Suspicious about the contents listed and the total weight of the boxes, CBP officers selected the shipment and found multiple packages of marijuana, with an estimated street value of over $250,000. No a…

Crime

State troopers in the Southern Tier arrested three out-of-state individuals – two from Indiana, one from Illinois – for marijuana possession on Monday after they were stopped for excessive speeding in Jamestown. State Police said troopers stopped Angel Rocha, 21, of Griffith, Ind., for driving 90 miles an hour in a 65 mph zone. Troopers found that Rocha had an e-cigaret…

Courts

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn is not going to wait for a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana to take effect in New York. And with moves announced Wednesday, the county’s top prosecutor said it’s time to ask whether further steps towards marijuana legalization are really needed. During a news conference Wednesday morning…

Columns

The security guard near the door set the tone. I was a little worried a columnist might not be greeted with open arms at the Choom Cannabis Co., the new shop that as of this week openly and legally sells marijuana from a Montrose Road shopping plaza in Niagara Falls, Ont. My goal was speaking to a wife and husband I immediately noticed, customers who shared my old-enoug…

Crime

It’s a far cry from legalization. But without enough votes to pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, state legislators are considering further decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. The decriminalization bill, endorsed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo but still under negotiation Wednesday, would reduce the charge of having marijuana in a public pla…

Health and Fitness

It's probably not going to win anyone a Nobel Prize. But a researcher at the University at Buffalo found that people high on cannabis experiencing the munchies were more likely to choose chips over oranges. Here's how the study was done: Researchers asked attendees of the 2016 Hash Bash, a public forum about cannabis decriminalization, on the campus of the University…

Crime

Federal border patrol agents discovered four large red duffel bags containing marijuana following a search Tuesday at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Buffalo Station agents had observed a helicopter hovering at a very low altitude at about 8:20 p.m. over a parking lot at the state park, which prompted the se…

Crime

Two men from Fillmore were arrested Monday for endangering the welfare of a child following a report of marijuana brownies being made in the presence of children, according to the New York State Police. Troopers out of the Amity State Police station arrested Brent A. Makowski, 25, and Jacob W. Pomeroy, 23, for endangering the welfare of a child. Makowski was also charge…

Local News

When state leaders moved ahead on the state budget without reaching agreement on legalizing recreational marijuana use, Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated it wasn't because he and legislators were on opposite ends of the debate. "In concept, we have agreement," Cuomo said. "But that is all about the devil is in the details. And that is going to take more time to work out." …

Local News

They met in a school cafeteria decorated with a string of flags from around the world and posters about eating fresh vegetables. On the agenda: a giant marijuana growing operation. Not that long ago, this kind of topic would have been unheard of in a public meeting, much less one in a school, as evidenced by a street sign that declares Southside Elementary School a d…

Health and Fitness

As state lawmakers squabble this week over whether to legalize marijuana and how cannabis tax revenues would be spent, doctors hope to keep one thing front and center. Public health. This is the message two leading health advocates shared as state lawmakers work toward an on-time budget that may, or may not, include legalization. "There are a number of concerns ba…

Buffalo

The proposed new marijuana-growing farm and manufacturing operation in South Buffalo took its first baby steps toward city approval Monday – even as company executives still await the State Legislature's action to legalize recreational use of pot across New York. Flora-California Prime and developer Zephyr Partners are seeking to construct what they call a high-tech can…

Buffalo

Thirty-five people who had outstanding warrants in Buffalo City Court on low-level marijuana charges saw the cases dismissed and sealed Friday morning following a request from Erie County's top prosecutor. District Attorney John J. Flynn asked Chief City Court Judge Thomas P. Amodeo to vacate the bench and arrest warrants and dismiss the cases in which a person faced on…