As legal marijuana gets closer to becoming a reality in New York, state officials are asking the public: How can we get it right?
In September, the Department of Health launched a statewide listening tour bringing community organizers, physicians and pro-cannabis activists together to share their input as the state’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup begins crafting language for an adult-use recreational marijuana law.
“We are not here to build consensus, but rather gather input,” from a variety of viewpoints, said Sandra Houston, a Department of Health official who moderated a session held in Ronkonkoma Tuesday evening. READ
A mosquito sample collected in Jamesport tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Suffolk County Health Department. READ
Residents across New York will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on a regulated marijuana program over the next two months. READ
One company, the Sackler family’s Purdue Pharma, has played a critical role in instigating an epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States that killed 72,000 Americans last year — more people than perished at the peak of the HIV epidemic or died in car wrecks or shootings last year.
Even now — as the failure to recognize opioid addiction as a chronic disease rather than a moral failing, and limits on insurance coverage keep people from long-term treatment — the painkiller industry is spending nine times more on lobbying to fight regulation than is spent by the powerful gun lobby. READ
Teenagers under the age of 18 will now have to rely on the sun to maintain their tan. Legislation signed last Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo now bans them from using indoor tanning facilities. READ
Most know the game of “Telephone”: Children sit in a circle, one whispers a phrase into another’s ear, then that person whispers it to the next, and so on. The phrase travels around the circle, a hand cupped over one ear at a time.
Then the phrase returns to the first child, who usually disintegrates into giggles at the nonsense of a recycled sentence mangled by misinterpretation. READ
Thousands of women across 23 countries banded together for the “Global Big Latch On” Friday, a synchronized breastfeeding event to mark World Breastfeeding Week. READ
The Wellbridge addiction research and rehab facility at Enterprise Park at Calverton is set to break ground within the next two months, officials said. READ