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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." …

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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…

Crime

A North Buffalo woman was arrested Sunday at the Peace Bridge after U.S. border authorities found in her SUV a variety of baked goods and candy infused with THC, according to a police report. Jenna Quinn, 24, was charged with felony marijuana possession after entering the United States from Canada around 4:15 p.m. She had about 19 ounces of goods, including brownies, a …

Buffalo

By the end of 2020, Western New Yorkers could be drinking beverages, swallowing pills, inhaling oils and smoking joints made from marijuana and produced right here in South Buffalo. Flora-California Prime, which calls itself a health and wellness company, plans to manufacture a range of cannabis products to address a variety of medical needs for adults at a new facility…

Local News

With so much uncertainty in the air about legalizing marijuana, your friends seem to have a lot more questions about what may be in store for New York State since our last "Asking for a Friend" story. Since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released his legalization plan last month,  Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes has been championing the Assembly version. Bo…

Crime

Three people were arrested late Wednesday on felony drug possession charges following raids on their apartments. Members of the Olean Office of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Jamestown Metro Police Drug Task Force arrested Mark Maio, 34, and Brittany Dellahoy, 28, both of Randolph, along with Brandon Smith, 32, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office…

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A Cattaraugus County man was arrested on drug possession charges during a traffic stop Saturday in Hinsdale, according to State Police. Matthew R. Comstock, 23, of Portville, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to troopers, who said Comstock allegedly had more th…

Crime

A 27-year-old Massachusetts man was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Bridge, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The man told police he had legally purchased marijuana at a dispensary in Boston, Mass., and brought it with him while visiting the Falls. Around 3:15 p.m. Sunday, he told police he accidentally took a w…

Crime

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn talked about vegetables and bar fights and State Assembly members brought up Buffalo Bills games as the statewide debate about the possible legalization of marijuana came to Buffalo. "This leafy substance, my friends, is not broccoli, OK? It's not good for you," said Flynn, the first witness to speak at Monday’s State Assembly…