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12.19.14 Bucky Turco

As New York cautiously inches towards implementing a medical weed program, the Department of Health released some of the groundwork for the state’s “medical marihuana [sic]” program that’s being proposed (PDF doc). The regulations are every bit as restrictive as imagined — and for some families, not timely enough, forcing them to flee to other […]

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07.08.14 Marina Galperina

Russia is full of problems. Good thing there’s one singular political entity responsible for most of the country’s bans on things — Rospotrebnadzor aka Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being. So if you bored by the censorship, imprisonment and murders of Kremlin policy critics, here’s a nifty list of things Russia has recently banned for you […]

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Bucky Turco

Governor Cuomo signed legislation today to establish a medical weed program in New York, making it the 23rd state in the U.S. to legalize the good herb. Although it’s very restrictive and has lots of shortcomings, the measure is a step in the right direction. The legislation also represents another direct challenge to the federal […]

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07.07.14 The Law

It is a sad state of affairs when would-be graffiti artists get caught by the police in a city as big as New York, where there is plenty of real crime vying for the NYPD’s attention. So, please take the following advice and you will save us and yourself some late nights at the courthouse. […]

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06.20.14 Marina Galperina

State lawmakers have just adopted legislation that will criminalize the tattooing and piercing of domestic pets. The bill was introduced in 2011 by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), after she learned that a woman in Ross Township, Pennsylvania was selling “gothic kittens” on eBay. The kittens were studded, had piercings on their necks and spines, and one had […]

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03.22.13 Samer Kalaf

What’s Montana up to these days? Making use of dead animals that got hit by vehicles! The Senate voted 33-15 in favor of the law allowing the roadkill meat to be donated to charities and fed to the needy if the animal is salvageable. For the record, I’d totally eat elk that was clipped by […]

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12.18.12 Andy Cush

Don Rogerson, the guy who wrote this awesome-looking encyclopedia of Manhattan street names and ANIMAL’s new favorite historian, took on what must have been a seriously painstaking task and compiled nearly every law that was put on the books in New York State between 1638 and 1922. Though the records are apparently available available through […]

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12.13.12 Andy Cush

Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was set to sign a bill that would require all pedicab drivers to follow the same system for determining rates, and to publicly post a sign showing what those rates are. But after hearing a few complaints from pedicab drivers at the bill-signing, Bloomberg backed off, saying he wanted to “think […]

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09.06.12 Bucky Turco

That’s an issue New York’s Court of Appeals will soon decide. An Albany strip club is arguing that it shouldn’t have to pay sales taxes on lap dances due to an exemption in the law for “dramatic or musical arts performances,” reports Newsday. An attorney for the state disagrees and says that dances must be […]

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04.09.12 Bucky Turco

Despite the passage of a medical pot bill in Albany more than three decades ago, lawmakers are currently considering a medical pot bill. Back when graffiti still covered the subways, the Antonio G. Olivieri Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Program was enacted. It ran from 1982 to 1989 and in that time frame, 200 people were […]

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