Meg Sanders, CEO of Canna Provisions in Lee, Massachusetts, speaks about her shop’s opening week and large New York clientele; July 9, 2019.
A Syracuse University student-driven reporting project offers an in-depth look at the high-stakes social, economic and public safety issues behind the politically charged debate over legalizing recreational marijuana in New York.
The effort began last fall as the students consulted with David Robinson, state health care reporter for USA TODAY Network New York. During a guest lecture, Robinson provided insights into his extensive reporting on the generational war over American cannabis laws.
The students spent months interviewing marijuana users, cannabis industry experts, lawmakers and advocates.
Their reporting included a survey of New York college students on a diverse mix of marijuana-related topics, as well as visits to a hemp research facility and a hemp harvest festival.
The student journalists further overcame a myriad of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic to finish the job.
The resulting stories have being published by the USA TODAY Network New York through a partnership with the NewsHouse website.
Here are the articles:
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