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NY Gov Cuomo wants to Decrimalize Pot

  1. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    According to The Times, the new legislation would seek to downgrade the possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana in public view from a misdemeanor to a violation. The maximum fine would be $100 for first-time violators.

    The plan was endorsed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying it was consistent with a 2011 order by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly for cops to issue violations -- not misdemeanors -- for small amounts of marijuana that officers see during a search.

    I think this will save some money as far as law enforcement is concerned. The small pot smoker who doesn't sell it and uses it for their own purpose isn't a criminal

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gov_ … BiVxaxdoYJ

    1. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Smart idea! Stop wasting tax dollars trying to crack down on pot smokers.

  2. innersmiff profile image74
    innersmiffposted 5 years ago

    I think we're finally getting there - now legalise and legalise it all. Stop the drug war and consequently millions of lives every year NOW.

  3. jacharless profile image81
    jacharlessposted 5 years ago

    Well, there is broad speculation that New York state intends to legalize the use of naturally produced cannabis, like any other plant or herb. This would allow for "recreational/luxury" taxation, as they did with tobacco just recently. A single pack of tobacco cigarettes went from 7$ to 15$ in a year. The average smoker in NY purchases 2 packs p/day or 730 p/year. The tax revenue from a single individual amounts to 4,300$ annual. Just one million pp in Manhattan alone produces $4.3B in tax revenue through tobacco sales. Sadly, merchants made just 0.50$ p/pack.

    A pack of cigarettes has a half ounce of tobacco.
    The street value of a half ounce of cannabis is $200.
    In short, they could imply a 40% tax on the sale of cannabis cigarettes or $80 p/pack.

    The funny thing is, practically every NY'er {urban & rural} I know, smokes weed and half of them smoke tobacco as well. There is a fortune to be made from people laughing and getting the munchies. The Food & Beverage industry would sky-rocket for certain.

    And they could easily apply the same rules of DUI to cannabis, to keep people from doing silly things with machines.


    1. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wow $200? Nice to be a southerner!