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There’s no smoke without bureaucracy.
A state-run website for a new Office of Cannabis Management was launched Friday following the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York.
The website is meant to educate the public “on the OCM’s regulatory structure which, with the Cannabis Control Board, will oversee the licensure, cultivation, production, distribution, sale and taxation of medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp within New York State,” Gov.
Andrew Cuomo’s office said.
The site also provides resources for individuals seeking medical cannabis practitioners and medical cannabis IDs as well as businesses seeking licensure to participate in the adult-use, medical and cannabinoid hemp industries even though legal marijuana cannot be sold by licensed dispensaries until at least next year.
New York Assembly members debate before voting to legalize adult-use cannabis during a legislative session at the New York state Capitol on March 30, 2021.Hans Pennink/AP
“Legalizing cannabis was the first step in this historic endeavor to right the wrongs of the past,” Cuomo said in a statement Friday.
“The Office of Cannabis Management’s website provides critical preliminary information pending the creation of the Cannabis Control Board about the future of this industry as well as resources for individuals and businesses seeking information on the future of cannabis in New York State,” said Cuomo.
The Office of Cannabis Management will implement a regulatory framework that covers medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
The governor added, “The website outlines the comprehensive reforms this legislation enacts, and I know will be a valued resource for many as we move forward.”
Cuomo on Wednesday signed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in New York, making it the 15th state to do so.
The move came after the state Legislature green-lit the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act after hours of debate a day earlier.
Under the law, New Yorkers can legally possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis outside the home, up to 5 pounds at home — and can smoke pot in public wherever smoking tobacco is permitted.
People walk past the Weed World store on March 31, 2021, in Midtown, New York.Kena Betancur via Getty Images
The weed bill established the creation of the Office of Cannabis Management to implement a regulatory framework that covers medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp.
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Violent rhetoric circulates on the pro-Trump internet following FBI search, including from a Jan. 6 rioter
(CNN)"Lock and load," was one of the top comments on an online forum dedicated to former President Donald Trump on Monday night, soon after it emerged his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort had been searched by the FBI.
Other posts were more explicit, "I'm just going to say it. [Attorney General Merrick] Garland needs to be assassinated. Simple as that." Another user posted, "kill all feds."
Analysis: The extraordinary political
storm unleashed by the FBI search of Trumps Florida resort Users also encouraged others to post the address of the judge they believe signed off on the search warrant. "I see a rope around his neck," a comment under a picture of the judge read.
On the same forum, researchers previously found talk of violence
and discussion on how to attack police officers in the weeks leading up to the January 6, 2021, attack.
Amid the users on the forum Monday night was an alleged insurrectionist.Read MoreOne reply to the top-rated "lock and load" post came from an account with the username bananaguard62 and asked "Are we not in a cold civil war at this point?"By combing through bananaguard62's posts, Advance Democracy, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts public-interest investigations, identified Tyler Welsh Slaeker as running the account.
Slaeker was charged by the Justice Department last summer in connection with the January 6 insurrection. Slaeker's in-laws tipped off the FBI about his presence at the Capitol, according to court filings, making him one of the many January 6 rioters who were turned in by family members.
Timeline: The Justice Department criminal inquiry into Trump taking classified documents to Mar-a-LagoHe was initially charged with four nonviolent misdemeanors, and pleaded guilty in June to one count of entering a restricted building. His sentencing is scheduled for November.NBC News was first to report Advance Democracy's findings on Slaeker. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.It can be difficult to distinguish between empty and serious threats of violence online, but it cannot be ignored, said Daniel J. Jones, a former US Senate investigator who led the investigation into the CIA's use of torture and now runs Advance Democracy, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts public-interest investigations."We are seeing conspiratorial rhetoric
from elected officials, political leaders, and political entertainers that is fueling calls for real-world violence," Jones said. "The conspiratorial and divisive rhetoric -- from elected officials and others who should know better -- is continuing to undermine our institutions and democracy at an alarming rate."A congressional security official told CNN shortly after news of the search warrant broke Monday night, US Capitol Police began discussions about monitoring and planning for potential violent
Trump fields calls from Republican allies to speed up 2024 bid after FBI raidOf particular concern is the possibility violence could be directed at members of Congress or other federal law enforcement, the security official said.The Capitol Police declined to comment on security plans.One post CNN found called for violence against FBI agents. The FBI declined to comment on the post or wider security concerns due to violent rhetoric.After the January 6 attack, alternative social media platforms became more popular among Trump supporters after companies like Facebook and Twitter banned Trump and some other prominent figures who spread election conspiracy theories.Those platforms, like Trump's own Truth Social site, tout themselves as bastions of free speech, with looser rules and moderation. But that can result in the proliferation of violent rhetoric. CNN reported in June how threats against members of the January 6 House select committee circulated on those platforms.But talk of violence isn't exclusive to the more fringe platforms.
Hang them all: January 6 committee members target of violent rhetoric on right-wing social media platforms There was a surge in tweets Monday mentioning "civil war" -- at some points more than one tweet a second, according to a CNN review of data from Dataminr, a service that tracks Twitter activity. While some mentions of "civil war" came from Trump critics expressing fear what his supporters might do -- one researcher posted multiple screenshots of Twitter accounts outright calling for civil war.
Jones, whose group Advance Democracy has been tracking online threats since the FBI raid on Monday, said political leaders posting on their main social media accounts are stoking more violent rhetoric."The attack on the Capitol on January 6th showed that we can't ignore calls for political violence online -- no matter how fringe the theories are behind those calls for violence," Jones said.