No matter who wins the race to become New York City’s next mayor in November, his pot policies will be a radical shift from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s delusional insistences that medical marijuana is a “hoax” and that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics do not infringe on New Yorkers’ civil liberties.
Bloomberg, who pledged his support for stop-and-frisk even after it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, is on his way out after an unprecedented three terms as mayor, and it’s about time. Thousands of people have ended up in prison for no more than a joint in their pocket thanks to him. In stark contrast to Bloomberg, all three mayoral candidates vying for his job have expressed support for decriminalizing cannabis.
While campaigning to become a mayoral candidate, City Comptroller John Liu proposed legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana. He did not receive a nomination, but the men who did are following in his progressive footsteps. Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio skyrocketed to fame after a campaign ad featured his biracial son Dante proclaiming his dad to be “the only one who will end a stop-and-frisk era, which unfairly targets people of color.”
De Blasio also proclaimed his support for pot decriminalization in a live online chat with the NY Daily News, saying, “I support legislation to decriminalize… small amounts of marijuana. The current law saddles many young people with a criminal record unfairly and it must be changed. I think there are appropriate medical uses for marijuana and I am open to policies that allow for medical use.”
Adolfo Carrión, Jr., the Independent nominee, supports decriminalization and is an admitted pot smoker, and Republican candidate Joseph Lhota came out in support of legalization back when he was the head of the MTA. Although none of the candidates has proposed an ideal solution, we can’t wait to say goodbye to Bloomberg’s misguided pot policies. Out with the old, in with the new.