Assemblyman Dick Gottfried isn’t worried about New York going to pot if the governor’s plan to legalize medical marijuana is enacted–because the drug is so easy to obtain on city streets already.
“Anybody who thinks they need to jump through all of those hoops because they want to recreationally use marijuana, you know, they just don’t know what they’re talking about. Anybody who wants to break the law to get marijuana for recreational use can go out on almost any street corner,” Mr. Gottfried said last night, calling in to NY1′s The Call.
In his first press conference since his daughter publicly revealed her struggle with drugs and depression, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio praised Chiara de Blasio’s decision to open up and encourage others battling addiction to seek help.
Ms. de Blasio revealed the information in an emotional Christmas Eve video, of which Mr. de Blasio said today he couldn’t be more proud.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s 19-year-old daughter, Chiara de Blasio, released a video today acknowledging her struggle with long-rumored substance abuse problems.
In the video, which was sent via email, Chiara talks about her battle with clinical depression, which she said spurred a reliance on drugs and alcohol.
New York City’s efforts to fire what it calls the “heroin teacher” received a setback this week that has Mayor Michael Bloomberg fuming.
Kristin Davis was arraigned today in Manhattan federal court on charges she sold hundreds of prescription pills illegally, hours after her “stunned” campaign consultant urged her to drop out of the comptroller’s race.
Ms. Davis, the “Manhattan Madam” who claims to have arranged prostitutes for ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and is now running against him for city-wide office, was arrested yesterday after allegedly selling hundreds of prescription pills, including amphetamine, alprazolam and carisoprodol, to a co-operating FBI witness, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The circus surrounding this year’s electoral season doesn’t end.
Kristin Davis, who claims to be the former madam for ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and is now running against him in the comptroller’s race, was arrested yesterday by federal prosecutors on charges of selling prescription pills containing controlled substances for cash.
Up in Smoke
Republican Assemblyman Steve Katz is due to appear in court later this month after he was arrested for marijuana possession following a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway yesterday morning. According to the New York State Police, who amusingly spell marijuana with an “H,” when Mr. Katz was stopped for speeding the trooper smelled the drug in his car and subsequently found him to be in “possession of a small bag of marihuana.”
While a growing number of states have been legalizing medical and even recreational use of marijuana, the popular plant remains illegal in New York. However, an upcoming pair of new medical marijuana bills in the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug may signal the Empire State is on its way to looser marijuana regulations.
This morning, Buzzfeed published excerpts from Dave Maraniss’ upcoming biography of Barack Obama that detail the president’s usage of marijuana in high school and his years at Occidental College. Mr. Maraniss revealed some of the common names for pot stains in Hawaii, the specific weed slang employed by President Obama and his buddies at Punahou high school and their preferred smoking soundtrack (Blue Oyster Cult, Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith).
Though the excerpts from Mr. Maraniss’ book have generated considerable excitement among the chattering classes, the president has admitted to youthful drug use for years now and, in the past, former classmates have described it as a relatively small part of his life.
Today, political types were focused on Chris Matthews’ screaming, drugs and drones. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.