Following last week’s move by the state legislature to decriminalize small amounts of pot for personal possession, New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg pronounced medical marijuana “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time.”
The supposedly liberal Bloomberg, speaking to WOR Radio two days after the bill was passed, said, “There’s no medical [marijuana],” and insisted that legalizing pot would do nothing to reduce crime and violence.
He further elaborated his stance on pot policy, saying, “Drug dealers have families to feed. If they can’t sell marijuana, they’ll sell something else, and the something else is going to be worse, and the push to legalize this is just wrong-headed. But they say: ‘Oh, well, it’s not going to hurt anybody. It doesn’t lead to dependency.’ Of course it does. And you can argue about recreational things, but it’s a very slippery path.”
Bloomberg’s remarks came the day after New York Physicians for Compassionate Care held a news conference announcing the support of more than 600 New York doctors for a state medical marijuana program. In response to Bloomberg’s comments, vice chairman Dr. Sunil Aggarwal said in a news release that medical marijuana is clinically proven to help people suffering from serious illnesses. He added, “Mayor Bloomberg’s statement that medical marijuana is a hoax is tantamount to saying that the moon landing was faked.”
For a politician obsessed with his place in history, Bloomberg certainly guaranteed that he’ll be remembered -- and reviled .