Police Commissioner Calls Pot Legalization ‘Terrible Mistake’

Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said today that it would be a “terrible mistake” to legalize marijuana and predicted problems for states that go that course.

Still, he insisted that he supports the medical use of the drug–putting him on the same page as Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also also opposed to following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, two states that have recently legalized and taxed pot. Continue reading “Police Commissioner Calls Pot Legalization ‘Terrible Mistake’”

‘Sorry’: Mayor Does Not Support New Yorkers Buying Weed at Their Bodegas

A college yearbook photo of a then-very groovy looking Bill de Blasio .
A college yearbook photo of a then-very groovy looking Bill de Blasio .

Bill de Blasio, slammed by some conservative critics for his lefty policy aspirations, is not flying high on one particularly ambitious marijuana proposal.

The mayor stopped by the hip-hop station HOT 97 this morning to discuss yesterday’s stop-and-frisk decision, and wound up weighing in on a host of other topics, including the Super Bowl and marijuana policies.  Continue reading “‘Sorry’: Mayor Does Not Support New Yorkers Buying Weed at Their Bodegas”

New York Medical Pot Backer Not Worried About Abuse

Dick Gottfried. (Photo: Facebook/Richard Gottfried)
Dick Gottfried. (Photo: Facebook/Richard Gottfried)

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. Continue reading “New York Medical Pot Backer Not Worried About Abuse”

Pols Begin Push to Legalize Marijuana in New York State

Liz Krueger and the other advocates gathered before City Hall. (Photo: Krueger office)
Liz Krueger and the other advocates gathered before City Hall. (Photo: Krueger office)

Riding high on optimism, State Senator Liz Krueger and a bevy of Democratic pols began a public push today to legalize and tax marijuana in New York State.

Ms. Krueger will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot in the State Senate, beginning an uphill battle that could pit her against Republicans, who partially control the Senate chamber, and possibly Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Continue reading “Pols Begin Push to Legalize Marijuana in New York State”

City Council Debates Medical Marijuana Resolution

Council members converse before vote today for medical marijuana resolution.
Council members converse before today’s vote for a medical marijuana-related resolution.

The New York City Council’s health committee gathered today to discuss a hot-button issue being considered by a legislative body far from home: medical marijuana legislation currently before the U.S. Congress.

In a 6-to-0 vote, a resolution was sent to the full council, urging the federal government to approve the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, which would take medical marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances and enable certified medical providers and researchers to prescribe or access the drug without the threat of prosecution. But the unanimous vote didn’t mean a lack of dissent.  Continue reading “City Council Debates Medical Marijuana Resolution”

Which Mayoral Candidates Have Smoked Weed?

John Liu has never done this. (Photo: Getty)
John Liu has never done this. (Photo: Getty)

As the clock ticks down to the September 10 primary, it’s become high time the mayoral candidates address the topic of marijuana.

Yesterday, City Comptroller John Liu rolled out a proposal to legalize and regulate cannabis in the five boroughs. Mr. Liu insists, however, he has never smoked the drug and never intends to do so even if it’s legalized.

But that’s not the case for all of the Gracie Mansion hopefuls. Politicker asked the various mayoral campaigns what their respective candidates’ stances were on marijuana legalization and whether they’d ever taken a toke.

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Skateboarder John Liu Wants to Legalize Weed in New York, But Not Smoke It

John Liu talking about hippie grass.
John Liu speaking at today’s press conference.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have Big Thought Thursdays, but city Comptroller John Liu just had a big pot Wednesday.

Mr. Liu, whose campaign took a major hit when he was denied matching funds last week, unveiled a proposal to legalize marijuana in New York City today, comparing the status quo’s ban on the substance to the country’s infamous prohibition against alcohol a hundred years ago.

“It’s time to recognize that the prohibition of marijuana has failed,” Mr. Liu defiantly stated. “And its enforcement has damaged too many lives, especially the minority communities.”

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