Drug Wars

New York Politicians Nervously Try Weed

In January, Governor Cuomo proposed a legal weed baby step. The plan was to limit dispensing to a small group of hospitals: Marijuana would be legal for medicinal use but difficult to acquire, available for severe conditions and only at the discretion of a "board of doctors." The boldest thing about this legislation was that it contained the word "marijuana" (legally: "MARIHUANA"); activists worried it was so cumbersome that nobody would bother to take advantage of it. Above all it was presented as safe: for patients, for The Children, and for politicians who might be interested in supporting it. But apparently not safe enough!

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The Coming Bloomberg-Cuomo War Over Dimebags

Almost 15% of all arrests in New York City are for small amounts of marijuana. That's 50,684 of them in 2011. So now Andrew Cuomo is going to go to war with Mike Bloomberg over reducing the charge for "possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana in public view to a violation." Mayor Mike has a broken windows-adjacent theory here (broken lungs? Someone work on that coinage please) that if you clean up the people with a loose joint, then you basically get the murderers too. This line of thinking is one of those weird things about Bloomberg that just doesn't make sense with the rest of his [...]