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New York governor in bid to decriminalize small-quantity marijuana possession
Fox News ^ | June 4, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 06/04/2012 11:17:10 AM PDT by C19fan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ask state lawmakers Monday to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of cannabis, according to The New York Times, in a bid to save young men from minorities who find themselves charged with a crime after being stopped and frisked.

Lawmakers representing minority neighborhoods in New York City urged the Democratic governor to take action, arguing that such young men are forced into the justice system unnecessarily and find their future job prospects hampered.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cuomo; marijuana
In Cuomo's mind it is okay to smoke pot but not okay to want to buy a 32 oz slurpee to cool down during a hot and humid August day?
1 posted on 06/04/2012 11:17:15 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Don’t confuse Cuomo with Bloomberg. :)

Cuomo is laying the ground for a Presidential run with his little adventures like celebrating homosexuality, legalizing pot, etc.


2 posted on 06/04/2012 11:21:09 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: C19fan

Bloomberg wants to ban large size sodas.

I really don’t care what Cuomo does with drugs. We’ve spent how much money on the war on drugs, and what has it gotten us? Billions down the hole and an open southern border.


3 posted on 06/04/2012 11:21:31 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: C19fan

Yes Mr. Cuomo, legalize small quanities of POT... the influx of potheads will surely offset the mass exodus of over-taxed acheivers seeking refuge in other States. Not exactly what I’d call making NY a great place to live... what the hell kind of priority is this???

Slightly different take... When the first fatal car accident is attributed to someone having a history of smoking POT, Mr. Cuomo can congratulate himself on enabling such an addiction much easier to acheive in NY. Bravo...


4 posted on 06/04/2012 11:33:17 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Cuomo came out in support of Bloomberg’s proposal.


5 posted on 06/04/2012 11:39:14 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
Must be reading the polls!

56% Favor Legalizing, Regulating Marijuana (Rasmussen Reports, May 17, 2012)

6 posted on 06/04/2012 11:43:08 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: C19fan
Must be reading the polls!

56% Favor Legalizing, Regulating Marijuana (Rasmussen Reports, May 17, 2012)

7 posted on 06/04/2012 11:43:11 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: C19fan
Must be reading the polls!

56% Favor Legalizing, Regulating Marijuana (Rasmussen Reports, May 17, 2012)

8 posted on 06/04/2012 11:44:37 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H

Been a long time since I’ve hit a triple. Sorry about that!


9 posted on 06/04/2012 11:48:23 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: C19fan
Handcuffed guy in the back of a squad car: "but, but ... there was only a roach and a few seeds in the ashtray. Why are you taking me to jail???"
Arresting officer: "We found three Big Gulp containers wedged under your front seats. That's trafficking quantity. You are going down for a long time."
10 posted on 06/04/2012 11:48:48 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Extraneous Wind sends ...)
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To: C19fan
Pot is better than soda.
11 posted on 06/04/2012 1:25:26 PM PDT by kegger8r (ABO since 2008)
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To: C19fan

What constitutes a small quantity?

Would that be the same as a little bit?

I think a pound would be called some, but not a lot, an ounce might be little bit, but more than a small quantity, I’m sure Cuomo knows, he’s just not saying.


12 posted on 06/04/2012 1:37:34 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: wastedyears
Amen, brother.

Legalize it and tax it.

End the so-called War on Drugs which has been a complete failure. All it has done is empower the black market like Prohibition, militarize our police forces, and erode civil liberties.

Conservativism = Small Government

Conservativism = Scaling back criminal laws that don't make sense

13 posted on 06/04/2012 1:40:25 PM PDT by d-back
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To: Made In The USA

Just another sign that your drug war is heading under the bus.


14 posted on 06/04/2012 1:42:03 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: C19fan

Como’s a lib and STILL better than that socialist nut Bloomberg (R)(ino)


15 posted on 06/04/2012 2:04:30 PM PDT by Moleman
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To: SoFloFreeper
The real power in NY, Sheldon Silver has already said he will put forth legislation against Bloomies Soda Ban.
16 posted on 06/04/2012 2:07:27 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: JimC214

But Cuomo has said he will veto it.


17 posted on 06/04/2012 2:15:26 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: Made In The USA

“When the first fatal car accident is attributed to someone having a history of smoking POT, Mr. Cuomo can congratulate himself on enabling such an addiction much easier to acheive in NY. Bravo...”

So, lets ban booze while we’re at it? Let’s cut the BS and tell it like it is. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

The only reason it’s illegal is due to those profiting of its illegal status.


18 posted on 06/04/2012 2:41:26 PM PDT by kegger8r (ABO since 2008)
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To: C19fan

I can see the news article now:

I was walking down the street with my friend, he smoking a joint and I drinking a big gulp. We were minding our own business when the swat team descended upon us, grabbed my big gulp, slung it to the ground and forced me onto the sidewalk where they handcuffed me and locked me up. My friend was standing by watching and as I was driven away heard him say, “wow, dude, that was cool!”


19 posted on 06/05/2012 5:47:25 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: kegger8r

BS. I think about the acquaintances, friends, and family, and an ex-wife who screwed up their lives on drugs (alcohol - crack) and would disagree with you. Some of those I’m thinking about would disagree with you as well - if they were still alive today.

Rationalize marijuana all you want. Tell me that in small quantities it is harmless... Tell me that it is a depressant... Tell me about a medical uses for THC... Tell me that hemp was an important crop during colonial days... Tell me that libertarians have the answers, and let people just off themselves with poor choices... Whatever.

“Marijuana is safer than alcohol” ‘splain that one for me Kegger8r. I’ll pretend to be open minded about it and listen. Can’t wait to hear this one.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 10:55:42 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: Made In The USA
Something to cheer you up...

56% Favor Legalizing, Regulating Marijuana (Rasmussen Reports)

Your drug war is on its last legs. If you make a living from it, then you better have a Plan B.

21 posted on 06/05/2012 11:19:02 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H

Sorry, I’m not convinced.

I think it is easy to point to where we have spent stunning amounts of taxpayer dollars to solve this problem and we should question the ROI. But the alternative of not attempting to limit drug use (or worse, legalizing it) doesn’t sound very promising either.


22 posted on 06/05/2012 11:22:30 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: Made In The USA

Why not honor the Tenth Amendment and let the states decide intrastate drug policies?


23 posted on 06/05/2012 11:26:36 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H

No Sir, I make a living off a different commodity.

I’d imagine after almost 4 years of Obama, that it’s ONLY 56% of Americans wanting to get stoned (rimshot).

Kidding aside, I’ve got some skin in this game. I have friends and family members who battle (or... battled) addiction. Screwed up their lives. Wish I had the answer to this problem...


24 posted on 06/05/2012 11:28:52 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: Made In The USA

““Marijuana is safer than alcohol” ‘splain that one for me Kegger8r. I’ll pretend to be open minded about it and listen. Can’t wait to hear this one.”

Did you mean to say soda v. marijuana?

Because explaining how marijuana is safer than alcohol is way to easy.


25 posted on 06/05/2012 7:02:28 PM PDT by kegger8r (ABO since 2008)
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To: Made In The USA

But I’ll go ahead and get started.

How many DUIs did we have last year? About 1.5 million.

How many marijuana overdoses? 0.


26 posted on 06/05/2012 7:02:32 PM PDT by kegger8r (ABO since 2008)
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To: kegger8r

You’ll have to try again.

Alcohol is not the only drug included within DUI, DWI, and BUI, and BWI. For 2009 the CDC reports, ‘...drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol’ Almost 1 in 5 DEATHS that year, not a number we should enable becoming larger wouldn’t you say?

Assuming such DWI crimes were (and perhaps in some jurisdictions are) exclusive to alcohol - are you saying that marijuana users never drive under the influence of POT? Or that the effect of being stoned has no impairing effect on a drivers reaction time, decision making, etc.? Don’t believe there’s a difference driving with a beer buzz or a pot buzz - the driver becomes a danger to himself and others.

As to your claimed number of marijuana overdoses being equal to zero, I don’t have access to your source for this statistic (please send unless it was manufactured for argument sake). Taking the assumption the statistic is correct, are you also arguing there’s no health risks? Or, that use, infrequent or abusive, will never lead to a disabling or fatal condition?


27 posted on 06/06/2012 10:56:59 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: Made In The USA
Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths

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Shouldn't intrastate drug policies, such as legalization and regulation, be decided by states rather than fedgov under authority of the 10th Amendment?

28 posted on 06/06/2012 12:10:59 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H

I’d have to agree with the #6 reply on that string you linked. It seems a stretch to conclude that legalizing medical marijuana led to fewer traffic fatalities. I don’t see the correlation proven.

I replied on this thread earlier today with a CDC stat showing 18% of 2009 DWI fatalities involved other drugs. Would seem unlikely that legalizing marijuana would somehow favorably influence this stat, wouldn’t it?

As a Conservative, I absolutely agree that it should be up to the States to decide. And, if such legalization were proposed here in TX, I’d fight it.


29 posted on 06/06/2012 2:39:52 PM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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