Afternoon Bulletin: Governor Cuomo Attempts to Expedite Access to Medical Marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken steps to hasten access to medical marijuana to ill patients. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Governor Andrew Cuomo took steps to expedite access to medical marijuana for terminally ill patients. After advocates complained that the state’s Compassionate Care Act didn’t do enough to help the terminally ill, the governor approved two measures that will facilitate a program dedicated to emergency access to the drug. This program is for specific patients whose “serious condition is progressive and degenerative, or if delaying the certified use of medical marijuana would pose a serious risk to a patient’s life or health.” (Gothamist)

Two men who tampered with the flight of a WNBC-TV helicopter that was on its way to Brooklyn on an assignment were caught in the act and arrested after pointing a laser at Chopper 4. The pilot of the helicopter reported the laser to La Guardia Airport’s tower, and tower personnel notified the police. The helicopter remained in place, hovering above the two men pointing the laser, and the NYPD tracked them down behind a building at 925 Fulton Street. The police cited the helicopter crew’s help in finding the suspects. (The New York Times)

A Marine was stabbed in the shoulder Wednesday night outside a bar in Midtown East. According to police, the 35-year-old victim stepped outside Turtle Bay Bar, located on Second Avenue near 52nd Street, after an argument inside the bar escalated into a physical fight outside. The victim is now at Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition. Officials said that the Marine had a problem with a man dressed in an Army uniform drinking in public. Police are still investigating, but no arrests have been made. (NBC New York)

A 27-year-old suspect named Vincent Arcona has been arrested for the shooting in a subway station Monday close to Penn Station that left one dead and two injured. The shooting, which took place Monday at 6:14 am, was supposedly drug related. Mr. Arcona was in police custody early Thursday morning at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. His most recent known address was on Race Avenue in Medford, New York. Details of the arrest, as well as the methods police used to find Mr. Arcona, were not immediately clear. (amNew York)

A 36-year-old man was fatally shot in Williamsburg on Wednesday night. Shaun Berry was killed in apartment 5A of 626 Wythe Avenue when he was shot in the head while waiting for a visitor. According to the NYPD, two men entered the apartment, located in the Taylor-Wythe Houses close to Wilson Street, and shot Berry shortly before 10:00 PM last night. Berry was a father of two. The incident is believed to have stemmed from a gang dispute. The apartment in which Mr. Berry was killed does not belong to him, and the occupants of the residence were not immediately identified. (DNAInfo)

Afternoon Bulletin: Governor Cuomo Attempts to Expedite Access to Medical Marijuana