Compassionate Care Act negotiations underway, bill possible by Monday


“We will have a final product in time for the end of this legislative session,” Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, said today in Albany.

Two developments in the last 24 hours signal the proposal is moving closer to making New York the 23rd state to allow the drug’s use for medical treatments.

Her proposal would allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with 20 specific conditions or diagnoses. The state’s Health Department would ultimately approve each patient for the treatment. The drug would be grown at state-sanctioned facilities and would be taxed. People under 21 would not be able smoke marijuana as part of their treatment.

About time.

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Drake and Lil Wayne to play SPAC August 12

From Billboard:

Drake and Lil Wayne are going on tour together, finally. The two Young Money rappers will embark on a co-headlining U.S. tour on August 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY.

The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, which will stop through 31 cities, will run through September 27, ending in Woodlands, Texas at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 20 through Live Nation.

Shaggy and Bootsy Collins at the Plaza June 18

On Wednesday, June 18th Shaggy and Bootsy Collins will be performing as part of the Summer at the Plaza series. Opening up is DJ Nate da Great.

From the event page:

Known as the “man who put bass in yer face,” Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists / singers / bandleaders. His first group, the Pacesetters, functioned as James Brown’s backup band, and Bootsy’s inspired, clever progressions and patterns on the bass were a vital part of James Brown’s recordings. Bootsy later joined George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic, before launching Bootsy’s Rubber Band as a spinoff to P-Funk.

Shaggy is a reggae fusion singer, widely known for his hit album “Boombastic” that won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Other hits include It Wasn’t Me and Angel. In 2012 Shaggy received a Grammy Nomination for his 10th studio album “Summer in Kingston” and in 2013 Sly & Robbie Presents Shaggy released a collaborative album titled “Out of Many, One Music.”

Check the rest of the details on the Summer at the Plaza website.

Making of the Mall: A Documentary about Empire State Plaza

This video popped up on YouTube with the barren description “The building of the south mall, Albany NY 1960s and 70s”. This video is insanely awesome and completely enthralling on many levels. Set aside the 17 minutes and learn about this city’s history.