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Cuomo Proposes Marijuana Decriminalization Under 25 Grams in New York

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New York Gov. Cuomo’s new marijuana proposal, made today in the state legislature, is drawing a lot of attention after significant and troubling disparity’s in New York City’s stop-and-frisk program garnered negative national attention.

Perhaps Cuomo’s marijuana policy changes are a last-ditch effort at keeping young people from engaging in a mass exodus from this overpriced and overregulated state, but the move is one that many feel is a long time coming, particularly for those who live in or near the city and are subject to the stop-and-frisk laws.

In a statement Cuomo made today regarding marijuana policy, the governor explained that decriminalizing small amounts of dope (25 grams, or just under an ounce) is something he feels will prevent the excessive and long-term effects of a marijuana bust in one’s youth, and says that the people of New York would be better served by more rational, reasonable marijuana policy:

“Today’s announcement is about creating fairness and consistency in our laws since there is a blatant inconsistency in the way we deal with small amounts of marijuana possession.”

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Gov. Cuomo continued:

“This is an issue that disproportionately affects young people- they wind up with a permanent stain on their record for something that would otherwise be a violation. The charge makes it more difficult for them to find a job.”

Cuomo even went so far as to acknowledge that when small amounts of weed are punishable by more severe charges and penalties, the system tends to shake out in a racially disproportionate way due perhaps to stop-and-frisk laws:

“Together, we are making New York fairer and safer, and ensuring that every New Yorker has access to justice system that doesn’t discriminate based on age or color.”

Under Cuomo’s proposed marijuana policy changes, it would still be illegal to smoke pot in public- and as always, it is a terrible idea to purchase it in Washington Square Park.

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5 Responses to “Cuomo Proposes Marijuana Decriminalization Under 25 Grams in New York”

  1. Kay Grayson

    OMG how did he get his job? Is a little bit of pot being okay with him anything like… ummm let's see… how about a little bank robbery by a teen , with only a few people getting hurt , not near as bad as a bit bigger robbery with more people hurt being much worse. Or how about a little bit pregnant isn't as bad as a lot pregnant? In for a penny, in for a pound and no you can't rationalize your way out of this… for goodness sakes act and sound and think like a grown up on this one Mr. Cuomo. The law was make for a good reason and that reason hasn't gone away! If they are caught with pot, then they are caught with pot!

  2. Mark Stephens

    Seriously Kay, are you smoking crack? Are you on meth? Are your prescription opiates messing with you? Are you unaware that marijuana has been cultivated for 4000 thousand years? It has only been illegal for like 50 of those. Is Richard Nixon your hero? He made pot illegal under federal law. He is pretty much consider the worst president of all time. What is wrong with you? Should alcohol be illegal to? You really have a complete absence of reason. You should grow up.

  3. Sasha Pytynia

    I think there are worse people that deserve to be in jail than those with just simple possesion…i myself havnt ever been arrested or have been in any trouble with the law over pot…but I have close family and friends who have and it has ruined their lives…im totallly ok with this and I think if my tax paying money is going twards holding criminals they should be in there for a damn good reason.

  4. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Having a small amount of pot is not robbery, not pregnancy and not worthy of prison time. This law was made by a bunch of paranoid idiots who needed something to come down on after the catastrophy of prohibition ended. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid because it's easier.

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