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NYC to Implement Ban on CBD Edibles

By Dane Larsen | @_danebailey

Lobbyists in the Department of Health for New York City are pushing for a change to the existing laws pertaining to cannabidiol-laced substances. The law proposed earlier in February would bar any restaurants or food retailers from selling CBD-laced substances. These laws deem CBD-laced substances unsafe for the citizens of NYC.

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NYC Handgun Laws Pending Supreme Court Review

Tom DiGennaro | United States

New York is rather low on the list of gun-friendly states, and New York City is even harsher on Second Amendment Rights. In fact, New York is one of the only states that allows counties and cities to have differing gun laws. Legally licensed handgun owners in the city are only allowed to transport their firearms directly to and from the shooting range. During this time, they must remain locked, unloaded, and away from your person, with the ammunition separate.

In addition, it is extremely difficult for handgun owners on Long Island to transport their guns upstate and out of state. The same, of course, is true for travel in the opposite direction. Traveling through NYC is the only accessible land route to and from Long Island, which has slightly more lenient gun laws. (Emphasis on slightly). New York State Law outlaws the transportation of any loaded firearms out of compliance with specific carry provisions. For example, these provisions may allow someone to take a gun to a range or one’s place of business. Carry licenses from other counties of New York do not allow carry in the five boroughs of New York City.

The Supreme Court and Handgun Laws

The New York State Pistol and Rifle Association, along with three NYC gun owners, has challenged the constitutionality of the city’s regulations under the Second Amendment. The Southern District of New York’s Federal Court of Appeals then struck down the petitioners motion. However, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari and will hear the case in 2019.

Firearm legislation in New York City has done little to reduce violent crime. In 2019 so far, there has been an average of 13 shootings per week. Perpetrators overwhelmingly used illegal firearms for the attacks.

Currently, the SAFE Act also applies to the state of New York. This piece of legislation limits magazine capacity and forces modification of semi-automatic rifles to comply with state standards. It also creates permit requirements for all firearms in New York City and handguns statewide.

There are presently proposals for “red flag” laws, extended waiting periods, and requiring handgun applicants to surrender their social media passwords and search engine history. The Supreme Court review, however, will call into question the state of current gun laws. If they overturn some of the handgun laws, it will make it extremely difficult for the state to pass future legislation to restrict gun ownership.


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NYC Passes Legislation to Limit Services of Uber, Lyft

By Dane Larsen | @therealdanelars

This Wednesday, the City Council of New York voted in favor of putting a cap on private companies that provide ride shares throughout the city.

The demand for these services in the public eye has grown exponentially recently. Lyft, for example, formed in 2012. Its alternative in the market, Uber, first operated in 2009. These companies have since gained a lot of traction, with just around 100,000 ride-sharing vehicles in the City, not counting the 20,000 yellow cabs. Each ride share company gives 10,000 rides per day to settle the high demand of people in the city. The number is only likely to grow. So, citizens are concerned that the government is passing this limiting bill.

The legislation itself calls for the restriction of access to get a licence for legitimate service with the major companies involved. Though the city has had taxi-cabs for as long as it has been the epicenter of the world economy, the implementation of private companies into this sector of the economy has caused a never-before-seen boom in the market. The city will, effective immediately, halt the option to obtain these licences for 12 months while they “research the… industry”. The council is said to have voted it down because of reduced revenue for public taxis. Uber and Lyft are also reportedly a net loss for the state department.

In addition, the city will provide a higher minimum wage to the employees of ride share companies Lyft, Uber, Via, and Juno. This minimum wage for the service will be $17.22, come the implementation of this bill. If the drivers do not earn this, the company will have to make up the difference. This is a plan to drive out the private ride share services and bring income back to the state.

Economists forecast that the rides, as a result, will grow more costly and harder to obtain. Uber and Lyft have already made public statements saying that their services will go nowhere, just slow down. Despite the multi-million dollar ad campaigns by the biggest companies in the industry, lawmakers still went through with the passage of this law.

“The city’s 12-month pause on new vehicle licenses will threaten one of the few reliable transportation options while doing nothing to fix the subways or ease congestion,” -Spokesperson for Uber, NYC

Although multiple private companies have stepped into the picture to provide a better, more easily accessible, and affordable solution to a crisis in the city, the government has yet again intervened to slow down production to the economy. NYC is the first major city of the country to do so in this sector. Will other cities be soon to follow? How far will government go to cripple the action of ride sharing companies?


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New York Could Legalize Marijuana Soon

By Nick Hamilton | United States

New York could become the tenth state to legalize marijuana, according to a local CBS affiliate in New York.

Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, has historically opposed legalization. However, with Massachusetts legalizing marijuana and New Jersey considering legalization, he’s reconsidering. State government is already investigating possible consequences of legalization in a study Cuomo proposed. The study is likely to conclude this fall.

Cuomo is reconsidering the notion because New York is losing tax revenue to neighboring states. As seen in Colorado, marijuana brings in revenue for both government and the private sector. Therefore, it would make sense for the third most populated state to consider legalization. This comes at a time when the state faces a massive budget gap. Legalization may help to close this gap via an increase in tax revenue.

Despite Cuomo’s newfound approval, legalization of marijuana does still face backlash in the state. Most notably, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio opposes the measure. However, his wife disagrees. In a statement on Friday, Chirlane McRay stated that she indeed supports legalization, saying that people shouldn’t be punished for using the controlled substance. NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce acknowledged that many people in New York hold that same position.

As many people know, there are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana. (which are listed here) If New York legalizes marijuana, this will be a huge victory for legalization advocates not only in New York, but across the country as well.

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Explosion Reported In Manhattan, Possible Terrorist Attack

By Matthew Geiger|MANHATTAN

Early this morning, the NYPD responded to an explosion reported between 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. The Port Authority Bus Station has since been evacuated.

Sources indicate that the bomber was of Bangladeshi origin, no motive has been identified yet. UPDATE: The bomber is a 27 year-old Bangladeshi male who has lived in Brooklyn for the past seven years. UPDATE: The name of the alleged bomber is Akayed Ullah.

The perpetrator has since been put into custody. It was an attempted suicide bombing.

It was a low-tech device.

-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Luckily, the bomb went off prematurely, and appears as if the only injury was to the bomber himself.UPDATE: Four injures reported, none are thought to be life threatening. The suspected bomber was injured as well, sustaining wounds in the abdomen and the leg. He is reported to be stable and coherent.

He did make statements claiming connections to ISIS, but we’re not going to talk about that now.

-NYPD Police Commissioner

Footage of the incident can be viewed here.

In addition to the evacuation of the Port Authority Bus Station, the MTA has stated that 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains were skipping 42nd Street.

34th Street, Bronx, and Staten Island are all being checked for further devices. The Times building has also been evacuated.

Below is a picture of the alleged bomber:

Please note: This story is breaking, not all of its information may be accurate. For further reading, check the links below:

New York Times Report

BBC Report

NBC Report

Last updated: 11 AM EST