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New York Governor Cuomo: We Need To Fully Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director June 5, 2012

    In an unprecedented and frankly unexpected political move yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference and announced that he supports legislation to amend and modernize New York’s thirty-four year old cannabis ‘decriminalization’ laws.

    From New York Post

    The state and national press reaction has been both overwhelming and uniformly positive. Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg and long-serving NYPD chief Raymond Kelly, the barely cloaked targets of Cuomo’s actions for their overly aggressive and racially disparate enforcement of cannabis laws in New York City over the last decade, have publicly stated that they too support Governor Cuomo’s call for change in cannabis laws in New York.

    My own speculation is that Governor Cuomo, eying the Democratic nomination to the  U.S. presidency in 2016, wants to properly position himself as a bona fide cannabis law reformer as cannabis law reform is actually a very popular political topic among the American electorate as approximately seventy-five percent of the public supports medical access to cannabis; seventy-three percent support decriminalization cannabis use and possession; and now fifty percent of the public supports outright cannabis legalization.

    You know the end of Cannabis Prohibition is on the near horizon when ascending politicians believe the need for beefing up on their cannabis law reform successes is a necessary prelude to run for president.

    Apparently, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and Drug Policy Alliance director Ethan Nadelmann agree too with my speculations about Governor Cuomo…

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    65 Responses to “New York Governor Cuomo: We Need To Fully Decriminalize Marijuana Possession”

    1. Mike says:

      How is he a cannabis reformer when he says he will veto any medical marijuana bill. Unless he has changed his position on that as well

    2. I thank you for this very valuable information! This will encourage me to take on this important issue.

    3. Bradson says:

      I also wonder what deal was struck with the mayor and police chief to get them on board. Politics is a surreptitious business, and those old pros didn’t switch gears for free. Still, this is a stunning development–another crack in the drug war orthodoxy.

    4. Ohio I am says:

      Now that brings a smile to me.

    5. S C says:

      Politicians that continue to support draconian and unjust drug policies will find themselves among the 8-10% unemployed seeking unemployment benefits. Ita time for a sensible drug policy based on public health research and practices!

    6. Dr. Greenthumb says:

      And I said hell yea hell yea fuckin right fuckin right

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    8. I read about this yesterday . Progress is slow but at least we’re moving forward toward decriminalizing the possession of cannabis . There shouldn’t be any penalties .
      This morning i found this clip . This shows you the ignorance & plain stupidity of prohibitionists .Here’s a guy smoking cigarettes while destroying a marijuna field . http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=031_1338870348

    9. Jeremy P says:

      Governor Cuomo is a good man with good intentions.

      It is sad that I cannot say the same about Mayor Bloomberg or Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Those two are the main people responsible for the ridiculous racially motivated crackdown that has been going on in New York!

    10. Jeff says:

      Here’s another most stupidist comment ever regarding this new law ( if passed )

      Mr. Cuomo said changing the law was a better approach in the long term, saying, “I think it puts the police in an awkward position to tell them, enforce some laws, don’t enforce other laws.”

      How stupid ! That’s like saying…enforce murders but don’t enforce people who don’t murder or arrest bank robbers but don’t arrest bank robbers that don’t rob banks .

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