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Attention Ellicott District:The CAO is currently operating several client assistance programs aimed at combating the ong...
09/12/2023

Attention Ellicott District:
The CAO is currently operating several client assistance programs aimed at combating the ongoing housing and utility crises throughout Western New York. The attached flyers also include the required document list and income eligibility chart. Please share and spread the word.

The MPA is a new and unprecedented opportunity to support older adults and builds on a longstanding foundation of existi...
09/06/2023

The MPA is a new and unprecedented opportunity to support older adults and builds on a longstanding foundation of existing work in New York. This work has long recognized that the concerns of older adults – and the opportunities to support them – exist across traditional service, infrastructure, and program boundaries. The effort is being led by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Office of the Aging (NYSOFA). As part of this effort, the state is conducting town halls throughout New York. See the flyer below for tomorrow’s Town Hall meeting and clink the link to register .

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/master-plan-for-aging-town-hall-buffalo-tickets-700787974697

Good afternoon Ellicott,The Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division is reaching out with an important message: T...
08/21/2023

Good afternoon Ellicott,
The Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division is reaching out with an important message: The fall session of our free GED® preparation classes starts September 11th and enrollment is open now! Across WNY, more than 50,000 adults over 25 do not have a high school diploma. Earning a high school equivalency diploma is critical to successful employment. See details on the flyer below to enroll.

Attention Ellicott District:The Buffalo Niagara International Airport Rescue and Firefighting Department is seeking cari...
08/15/2023

Attention Ellicott District:
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport Rescue and Firefighting Department is seeking caring and committed individuals to join its team. Applications are due August 18th and an exam will take place September 9th.
Visit the NFTA website for more application, exam, and benefits details

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is a diversified and synergistic organization, energized by 1,500 dedicated employees, serving Buffalo Niagara through cost-effective, quality transportation services every day.

Join NFTA-Metro for two open house employment opportunities to be held today, August 15,  2023 from 2:00-5:00pm @ Fronti...
08/15/2023

Join NFTA-Metro for two open house employment opportunities to be held today, August 15, 2023 from 2:00-5:00pm @ Frontier Station, 1000 Military Road, Buffalo, NY 14216 and Monday, August 21, 2023 from 12-3pm @ Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 4200 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225.

NFTA-Metro staff will be at the open house to inform interested individuals in our opportunities that are not just jobs, but great careers.

Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, NYS Assemblywoman will be hosting 3 movie nights throughout the month of Augu...
08/01/2023

Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, NYS Assemblywoman will be hosting 3 movie nights throughout the month of August. There willl be refreshments and the entire event is free. Head out tomorrow, August 2nd to MLK Park for the first movie night. See the flyers below for more details.

Attention Ellicott District: Below are 2 different National Night Out Events. Join your local block club(s) August 1st f...
07/27/2023

Attention Ellicott District:
Below are 2 different National Night Out Events. Join your local block club(s) August 1st for a good night out connecting the community! See the attached flyers for more details.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that aims to promote police-community partnerships, civic un...
07/24/2023

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that aims to promote police-community partnerships, civic unity, and crime prevention efforts. It provides a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a city and reinforce the strong bonds between our neighborhoods, block clubs, city government and local law enforcement. We would be honored to have your presence and active participation at the Pre-Kick Off event. See details on the flyer below for more information.

Dear Ellicott District Business Owners : This is a great business opportunity. State and local entities are funding a la...
07/11/2023

Dear Ellicott District Business Owners :


This is a great business opportunity. State and local entities are funding a large number of rehab projects within East Buffalo. Many small contractors are needed! You can register for the INFORMATION SESSION on Tuesday, August 1st at 4:00pm - 5:30pm at Buffalo State - in Bulger 215 by clicking the link or QR code below.
There will also be some light refreshments too.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RIMYxx9iH02jxmUhzBLuooClzC8F6z9JhGLh14Ln4dFURENYMEo3UDVKRFpIUlFYV0VYT0VMOU9IRC4u&origin=QRCode

The Jordan Nwora Elite Basketball Camp in conjunction with ECC Men’s Basketball will be helping the youth learn the prod...
07/05/2023

The Jordan Nwora Elite Basketball Camp in conjunction with ECC Men’s Basketball will be helping the youth learn the productive mechanisms of the game of basketball, sportsmanship, teamwork, and discipline this Summer. This 5 day camp will take place July 17th-21st located at 21 Oak St. here in Buffalo. The camp originally cost $300 but there are scholarships for youth residing in the Ellicott District . The camp includes :
•Camper Profile Evaluation
•Emphasis on Fundamentals
•Camp T-Shirts
•Camp reversible uniform (top and bottom)
•Snack bar
•Daily Full Court Games
•Participation Award
For more information you can pick up the info and application sheet here at the Ellicott District Office (1315 in city hall) or you can download the application using the link below. Applications must be completed and returned to City Hall 17th floor.

Jordan Nwora Elite Basketball Camp, was established to promote the productive mechanisms of the game of basketball, sportsmanship, teamwork and discipline.

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning in partnership with the Division of Citizen Services, the Buffalo Urban Renewal...
06/30/2023

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning in partnership with the Division of Citizen Services, the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and Belmont Housing Resources are happy to share that the Laurel Street Community Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 12th from 4pm-7pm! As stated previously, the community day is building upon the Laurel street infill project, which will include five new single-family houses on Laurel street, between Michigan and Masten Avenue.

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning is hosting an event for the Smart Streets Design Plan tomorrow, June 15th at 5:...
06/14/2023

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning is hosting an event for the Smart Streets Design Plan tomorrow, June 15th at 5:30pm on Mohawk Street between Washington and Ellicott Streets. This event will serve as their second public engagement for the project. This event will have a food truck, music, art, tents for information, and e-scooter demonstrations from BIRD. They will also provide residents and stakeholders with an update on existing conditions and potential locations for the flexible smart street.

The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will be hosting a Waterway Walking Tour series this summer to engage with the community....
06/13/2023

The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will be hosting a Waterway Walking Tour series this summer to engage with the community. The next Waterway Walking Tour is June 28th at Wilkeson Pointe . Please see the attached flyer for the entire series and more.

The New York State Commission on African American History invites you to join us and attend a public meeting on Monday, ...
06/12/2023

The New York State Commission on African American History invites you to join us and attend a public meeting on Monday, June 12th, 2023 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library located at 1 Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Attached is an invitation to the event.


To attend, RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]

Good morning Ellicott, We will be having another follow up meeting for the McCarley Gardens community on June 12th at 6 ...
06/09/2023

Good morning Ellicott,
We will be having another follow up meeting for the McCarley Gardens community on June 12th at 6 pm. Please see the flyer for all other details.

UPDATE 🚨: Due to the poor air quality OSP has canceled this Laurel St. Community Day. We will update with a new date and...
06/07/2023

UPDATE 🚨: Due to the poor air quality OSP has canceled this Laurel St. Community Day. We will update with a new date and time in the upcoming future.

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Division of Citizen Services has teamed up with Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and Belmont Housing Resources to bring an exciting community day. The community day is building upon the Laurel street infill project, which will include five new single-family houses on Laurel street, between Michigan and Masten Avenue. The community day will be held next Wednesday, June 7th from 3:00pm-6:00pm, following a Clean Sweep, on the corner of Laurel Street and Michigan Avenue.

06/07/2023

The City of Buffalo DPW has suspended sanitation pick up for the day due to air quality. Please leave your totes out & crews will resume when conditions allow.

The Department of Assessment and Taxation is organizing a public meeting to discuss the City Reassessment Project and it...
06/06/2023

The Department of Assessment and Taxation is organizing a public meeting to discuss the City Reassessment Project and its timeline. This meeting is intended to be informative and educational in nature, to provide residents with a better understanding of how the process works.

The meeting is open to all residents.

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Division of Citizen Services has teamed up with Buffalo Urban Renewal Agenc...
06/02/2023

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Division of Citizen Services has teamed up with Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and Belmont Housing Resources to bring an exciting community day. The community day is building upon the Laurel street infill project, which will include five new single-family houses on Laurel street, between Michigan and Masten Avenue. The community day will be held next Wednesday, June 7th from 3:00pm-6:00pm, following a Clean Sweep, on the corner of Laurel Street and Michigan Avenue.

Yesterday on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29, 2023) the Ellicott District went to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Milit...
05/30/2023

Yesterday on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29, 2023) the Ellicott District went to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, African American Veterans Monument to honor & remember United States Army Private First Class (PFC) David Evans, Jr. for his service and sacrifice.

PFC Evans was killed while serving in Iraq 20 years ago – on May 25, 2003. His family was presented with his military medals, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and his mother received a Gold Star Pin. A brick will be laid in his honor at the African American Veterans Monument, among other tributes.

Attention Ellicott District:This program is for 10th & 11th graders interested in science, technology, engineering and m...
05/18/2023

Attention Ellicott District:
This program is for 10th & 11th graders interested in science, technology, engineering and math. National grid will be hosting the program at SUNY BUFFALO STATE from July 10-21st. Click the following link to register https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fcontinuingstudies.buffalostate.edu%2fprogram-outline-and-application&c=E,1,up8KM832qGSvv8e7mpUB9ZlyEIcp2gmAKb7d0F_uOv-bqnQ5ItclxonHIvf72gNcZRiOAYEcve19EqPcHBHAlp3mTCJCB9Vukrqm39WcDaqUiQ,,&typo=1

The city of Buffalo is have their Spring Community Shredding Event this Saturday, May 13th from 9AM to 12PM at Cazenovia...
05/08/2023

The city of Buffalo is have their Spring Community Shredding Event this Saturday, May 13th from 9AM to 12PM at Cazenovia Park in front of the Casino. There will also be clothing and shoe donations accepted.

Members of the Ellicott District have you ever thought about starting you own business? Lots of people used their time c...
05/04/2023

Members of the Ellicott District have you ever thought about starting you own business? Lots of people used their time constructively during the pandemic to find ways to become their own boss & now you can too!
WNY Law Center will take care of all of the filing and paperwork for you to create your business. You will simply need to be able to pay for the $235 mandatory NYS Dept. of State filing fee by debit or credit card this Saturday at 640 Ellicott Street. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.

Good morning Ellicott, We will be having another follow up meeting for the McCarley Gardens community on May 2nd. Please...
04/27/2023

Good morning Ellicott,
We will be having another follow up meeting for the McCarley Gardens community on May 2nd. Please see the flyer for all other details.

Good morning Ellicott District, Beacon Communities and First Shiloh Housing Corporations board members would like to dis...
04/25/2023

Good morning Ellicott District,

Beacon Communities and First Shiloh Housing Corporations board members would like to discuss the renovations of the Ellicott Town Center and upcoming job opportunities. The first community outreach will be held this Thursday, April 27th from 5 - 7 pm. See the attached flyer for more information.

The SBA is now offering help for those who were affected by the Winter Storm from December23rd-28th. You can apply for t...
04/21/2023

The SBA is now offering help for those who were affected by the Winter Storm from December23rd-28th. You can apply for the loan program online or in person. See the flyers below for more information.

The Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute is hosting an upcoming public meeting. It will be held on Thursday, April 20th ...
04/20/2023

The Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute is hosting an upcoming public meeting. It will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 6pm to 7:30pm at The Belle Center.

Join NFTA-Metro for an employment opportunity open house to be held Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 9:00am-12:00pm @ Cold ...
04/18/2023

Join NFTA-Metro for an employment opportunity open house to be held Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 9:00am-12:00pm @ Cold Spring Garage, 1581 Michigan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209.

NFTA-Metro staff will be at the open house to inform interested individuals in our opportunities that are not just jobs, but great careers. Testing for maintenance positions starts at noon.

The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) and City of Buffalo Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning (OSP) would li...
04/14/2023

The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) and City of Buffalo Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning (OSP) would like to invite you to participate in their public Walk and Roll sessions taking place on Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16. See details in the attached flyer. Events will provide the public with an opportunity to explore the area and discuss proposed ideas and recommendations.

This Sunday is our bulk pick. Please follow the instructions on the flyer.
03/31/2023

This Sunday is our bulk pick. Please follow the instructions on the flyer.

🌸🧹Starting this Sunday, Buffalo's spring bulk trash collection kicks off in the Ellicott District, giving you the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted items cluttering up your home. Buffalo Ellicott District

Check out the link for more information on what can be disposed of and when the collection will take place in your area: https://www.buffalony.gov/1465/7986/Bulk-Trash-Collection

LISC NY is hosting a series of discussions on Wednesdays in starting April 12 on the topic of equitable development on B...
03/28/2023

LISC NY is hosting a series of discussions on Wednesdays in starting April 12 on the topic of equitable development on Buffalo’s East Side.
They invite residents and neighborhood leaders to consider participating and/or share with others who they think might be interested. The sessions will be professionally facilitated and speakers from organizations across the nation and locally will participate in the discussions. A flyer is attached, and more information is available below.

There is a very brief application required due this Friday, March 31 and notification of participation will be April 5. Space is limited as meals and small stipends will be provided. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EDseries

Summaries of the discussions will be shared after the series with more opportunities to participate.

This past Friday afternoon was the initial meeting of the Affordable Housing Task Force, created by Council President Da...
03/20/2023

This past Friday afternoon was the initial meeting of the Affordable Housing Task Force, created by Council President Darius Pridgen. The task force is charged with coming up with policy changes that the City can adopt that protect renters and property owners/landlords.

This is a diverse group of housing advocates, landlords, and legal experts that will help shape the new legislation.

Attention Ellicott District,  We will be having a follow up meeting on March 27th for the McCarley Gardens community. Pl...
03/16/2023

Attention Ellicott District,
We will be having a follow up meeting on March 27th for the McCarley Gardens community. Please see the flyer below for all the information .

The City of Buffalo will be conducting a public hearing to discuss the 2023 Annual Action Plan and Amendments to the pre...
03/15/2023

The City of Buffalo will be conducting a public hearing to discuss the 2023 Annual Action Plan and Amendments to the previous years’ Action Plans. The purpose of this hearing is to obtain the views and comments of citizens, public agencies, and other interested persons relative to housing and community development needs that may be addressed by the following federal programs:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA).

The public hearing will be held on Tomorrow , March 16th at 6:00 PM at Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, located at 2393 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, with a virtual option provided.

The public notice can be found online at the following link: https://www.buffalony.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11590/Public-Hearing-Notice---2023-Annual-Action-Plan--Previous-Year-Amendments

Please direct all RSVPs, requests for accommodations and any other questions to this email- [email protected]

03/10/2023

The City of Buffalo has announced plans for the funeral of firefighter Jason Arno taking place tomorrow morning, which include several road closures that will be in effect during the funeral procession.

Although the funeral service is closed to the public, those who wish to, can still pay your respects by standing outside on the sidewalk to salute firefighter Arno as the procession makes its way to St. Joseph Cathedral. Please be aware of the road closures that will be in effect tomorrow morning from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. on certain streets.

Please be aware of the street closures and parking arrangements for tomorrow’s wake.
03/09/2023

Please be aware of the street closures and parking arrangements for tomorrow’s wake.

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Dear Councilman Pridgen .

While celebrating the fourth of July with your family please know That the 420 + softball players in the city will not be allowed to play this season.
We were lied to again By deputy Commissioner Andrew Rabb. We were told if we quarantined, wore masks, and social distanced we would be Granted phase 4 status and be allowed to return to the parks. Recreation is a big part of Phase 4.
Andy Rabb had months to get the parks department ready for phase 4. The leagues worked on plans to be able to play softball safely with proper safe distance standards developed by the States HHS. Mr. Rabb refuses to even look at our permit applications. Whenever Andy is forced to make a decision on adult recreation leagues he defaults to the needs of the “Youth Leagues” citing some secret passage in the city charter putting youth leagues ahead of Adult leagues. When pressed he never produces this secret passage he instead smugly says he is not required to produce the document but his word is law.
We do not take away fields or space from Youth Leagues but he uses that excuse to close fields and deny access to adult leagues.
Please find out why adult league permits were cancelled for this year. If the city is not able to afford the maintenance on the fields we suggested the parks department lease the diamonds to the leagues and we’ll pay for the upkeep. The suburban leagues start next week.
If recent events the last couple of weeks show anything It’s that the people and taxpayers are tired of Elected officials not listening to the voice of the people. Government should work towards the needs of the people not the other way around. We shouldn’t have to jump through hoops every year to get to use the fields our taxes and permit fees pay for. If the city can’t afford to maintain these fields they should be turned over to the leagues. The lying must stop. We ask for equal protection.

Please get back to me.

Thank you for your time and support.

Michael A. Damico 553-3839
Trailblazer unveiling for Irene Gault. Thank you Councilman Darius Pridgen and Ellicott District Council Staff for all of your help.
If you love books and animals, well this is the Saturday Academy foryou!!!!

We will bre welcoming the SPCA Of WNY along with the P.A W.S Adoption Van from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.

Children will have the opportunity to read to animals and families will have the option to adopt animals as well.

In addition to all that fun, we will be having character visits from your favourite comic book stories, comic book writing sessions as well as games of Book Bingo where every game has a winner, swimming, Basketball, crafts and so much more!

Come out and be a part of the greatest happenings in Buffalo, Strong Community Schools Saturday Academy's!

This will be epic and an event you won't want to miss!!!

See you there! 😊
Hey everyone we are putting the work In instilling better in our communities you want change in your community reach out and spread positive information that’s going to help change the community. WE ALL ARE SICK &TIRED OF LOSING LOVE ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE. Come Sign your children up M-F at 6:00. Football season is ending let’s keep these children active. I would like to challenge all of my friends and family to hit the SHARE BUTTON IT TAKE LESS THAN A SECOND TO DO THE TIME IS NOW.Full Circle Family Services are looking to sign up as many youth as possible. $25 1yr membership fee for the Delevan Grider. Here is a FREE After school Program M-F at the Delevan and Grider center fun filled schedule with different art mentoring programs stop the excuses and let’s make the changes, and remember the YOUTH is our future. Full Circle
A change is coming to the city of Buffalo I'm coming home to run for office
Please help medical patients get access to cannabis flower !

To whom it may concern :

Medical cannabis is my medicine. NYS forces its medical patients to v**e or take oils or capsules. We don’t have access to full plant medical cannabis. I am one of the people in this state that doesn’t absorb and metabolize THC/CBD via my digestive system due to weight loss surgery and lack of a gallbladder..... I use our products and it is better than nothing ...but please consider patients need full plant medicine .... flower ..... high THC and High CBD flower! We need to know the complete information on the products. It’s complete terpene / content / strain profile. Please look at successful medical programs in other states ..... they have access to full plant medicine .....cannabis without being broken down into oils or tinctures..... I should be able to choose my plant medicine. I should be allowed to grow my own effective medicine .... strains that work specifically for me. Cannabis has saved my life. I don’t want to v**e. I want to not be ashamed I am a medical patient. My story is below and I feel you will get a better idea of a medical patients journey and quest for some type of quality of life ..... please share my story with others .... I am very open to sharing my situation further should you or anyone have any additional questions.

Meet Nikki Lawley, Cannabis Patient and advocate for the plant

Imagine having your entire life change in an instant. Almost 3 years ago, (10-11-2016) Nikki Lawley was an active pediatric nurse who enjoyed outings with her husband and dogs, often to nearby casinos where the 49 year old professional moonlighted as a card dealer in the past . A native of Buffalo, NY, Lawley had it all - until one fateful day when everything came crashing down.

“Life changed in a second , no warning , no preparation , just like that ..... BOOM”

Doing her job just like any other day at a busy pediatric office , During a routine vaccination, a child, frightened by needles head butted Lawley as she was restraining him from behind while another nurse attempted to vaccinate the 10 year old boy. Nikki was hit frontally and then bounced off a plaster wall and back into the boys head in a significant whiplash motion.

This was Lawley’s 3rd TBI and the one that changed her life forever. The impact was so severe that there was immediate left arm paralysis and weakness along with severe head and neck pain. Confusion ,disorientation and vision issues occurred at the same time.

Lawley was diagnosed with a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and cervical instability and was subsequently run through the mill of medical specialists, tests, and treatments. That was the last day she was able to work.

The once joyful, energetic nurse was all of a sudden plagued with intense headaches, issues with fine motor skills, sensitivity to light, and cognitive issues that caused her great emotional and physical pain.

When conventional treatments , medications and tests aggravated her symptoms, and desperate for relief, she eventually turned to medical cannabis out of desperation rather than it being presented as an option for treatment. Traumatic brain injury you only really understand it once you or a loved one suffers from it.

Life was very dark for Lawley at this time , the constant frustration of not being who she always was. So many of the side effects from the pharmaceuticals they tried caused Lawley to feel out of control and hopeless. Overwhelmed with the most simple of tasks , unable to do basic math , remember appts , to feed her pets , to feed herself . This once social , fun and active woman became a shell of who she was. Never wanting to leave the house or do anything at all socially .

Nikki’s husband for Christmas , purchased a gift for her , a trip to Las Vegas which normally would have been amazing. instead it was dreaded and all she saw was the negative and the fact of the pain of doing anything it would be aggravated while on vacation .

In January of 2017 while being in Vegas , severely depressed , Nikki spotted a mobile billboard advertising medical cannabis cards in Nevada. She mentioned this to her husband and he jumped at the chance for anything that could possibly help her as life seemed impossible for her.

She went to a cannabis clinic in Las Vegas and received her medical cannabis card for California. In Nevada they offer reciprocity for California patients. She then found her way to a medical dispensary and the bud tender recommended products at the time that took Lawley “off the ledge “. She was totally suicidal and she had gone as far as planning her death and writing letters.

Lawley states “cannabis saved my life that day, cannabis gave me hope for the future that day and the following days”

With her husband Jack by her side, Nikki began researching the potential benefits of medical ma*****na. At the time, cannabis was available in NY but only in oil , pill and v**e formulations. When leaving Las Vegas she assumed the same products would be available in her home state. Quickly realizing that this was not the case , Lawley had to find an option of anything. She was forced to medicate out of the country , In Canada where she has an address and access to Canadian Medical cannabis.

Unfortunately she can not bring her medical cannabis home because of it being international and a schedule 1 substance. As a result Lawley spends a lot of time with friends in Ontario so she can have some quality of life back by having access to full plant medicine. Nikki finds the most relief for her symptoms by smoking specific cannabis flower strains which are not available to medical patients in NY state. Lawley was hopeful
That the legalization bill would have passed for NY state because that would offer her the products she needs to be able to find relief.

Lawley registered as a New York State medical cannabis patient in May of 2017 hoping that medical dispensaries would provide her with a quality and affordable alternative to at least be in the comparable market of Ontario medical cannabis.

Since then she’s become frustrated by the limited scope, treatment options, and the high price tag on products available through New York’s program. Being on workers compensation for her injury initially all treatments for cannabis were denied. However ,recently through the appeals process her insurance company has been mandated to reimburse Lawley for her medical cannabis purchases.

She experimented with countless products, strains, and dosage forms, before arriving at the conclusion that smoked or vaporized cannabis flower, in its most natural form, provides her the most relief.

Nikki says it took her some time to find the correct strain with the specific terpene profile that worked for her. Nikki is a strong believer in the entourage effect, the idea that all of the phytocannabinoids present in cannabis flower work together to provide synergistic benefit, and the effect produced from these compounds is greater than the effect produced from any isolated compound(s) alone.

Terpenes are chemicals found in plants, including cannabis, responsible for the different aromas such as citrus, berry, spearmint, and evergreen. Terpenes can modulate the effect and uptake of cannabinoids and have therapeutic properties of their own. After seeing the difference that cannabis made in her life and realizing the grief she could save other patients, Nikki has become outspoken on the benefits of cannabis for head injuries.

She’s a member of online support groups for individuals that have suffered head injuries such as Brain Tumors, TBIs, concussions, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the controversial neurodegenerative disease that is caused by repeated head injuries that can occur in sports like football, boxing and other combat and high impact sports. CTE was discovered in 2005 when Pittsburgh researchers examined brain tissue from deceased NFL players.

Nikki is supporting and consulting with organizations conducting studies with cannabinoids for the treatment of symptoms associated with CTE and other head injuries.

A warm soul, Nikki is passionate and infinitely interested in the benefits of cannabis, many of which are still being researched.

She is determined to help patients find access to medical cannabis products that provide them relief, in the hopes that no one has to suffer what she has.

Frequent trips across the border from her residence in Buffalo, NY to her so-called “safe house” in Ontario are uncomfortable, and often wear on Lawley. However, she is determined to continue her fight for better access for patients in New York - and beyond.

And while Lawley never thought she would become an outspoken medical cannabis advocate, she knows her journey as a patient is for the greater good and may have a far reaching impact, even more so than her previous life as a nurse.

At the end of the day Nikki hopes her story can inspire others to never give up , to live in the moment .....” embrace the journey you have been given and let the universe direct your path” . “Living in the past creates depression , living in the future creates anxiety , living in the moment creates peace and comfort. Enjoy life to its fullest . Cannabis saved my life and it has given me back a quality of life that I can appreciate so much. “ “Cannabis is my medicine and my hope is that others don’t have to suffer to the point I did .... cannabis should be offered as a treatment for TBI / Concussion symptoms. “