Skip to comments.New York governor in bid to decriminalize small-quantity marijuana possession
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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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.
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.
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...
Cuomo came out in support of Bloomberg’s proposal.
Been a long time since I’ve hit a triple. Sorry about that!
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.
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
Just another sign that your drug war is heading under the bus.
Como’s a lib and STILL better than that socialist nut Bloomberg (R)(ino)
But Cuomo has said he will veto it.
“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.
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!”
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.
Your drug war is on its last legs. If you make a living from it, then you better have a Plan B.
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.
Why not honor the Tenth Amendment and let the states decide intrastate drug policies?
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...
“Marijuana is safer than alcohol splain that one for me Kegger8r. Ill pretend to be open minded about it and listen. Cant 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.
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.
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?
Shouldn't intrastate drug policies, such as legalization and regulation, be decided by states rather than fedgov under authority of the 10th Amendment?
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.