I’m not a smoker. I’ve never tried, but I’ve been around it enough to know it’s just not for me. However, I am not a fan of hypocrisy, and it is so blatantly hypocritical for cannabis to be illegal, while dangerous alcohol and tobacco are not. Those two drugs are so dangerous that they kill people who aren’t even using them. Certainly if the government sees that prohibition didn’t work for those, then it certainly does not work for cannabis. A drug with so many pharmaceutical benefits that the government actually holds a patent on one of its components, CBD.
So, yes, I’m all for this. I’m also for any action that moves toward crippling the industrial prison complex. Prisons should not be a for profit system that trades on the NYSE.
Hopefully the next step will be full decriminalization, and dare I say it, legalization.
See the story below.
In an aptly described “joint policy initiative,” Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Monday that most people caught with small amounts of marijuana in the city will get slapped with summonses instead of arrested.
The historic move marked a public about-face for Bratton, who earlier this year vowed NYPD practices wouldn’t change after the Brooklyn district attorney’s decision not to prosecute first-time offenders for low-level pot possession.
Sources said the new policy was ordered by de Blasio, whose campaign promises included ending marijuana arrests that overwhelmingly targeted minorities.
“It began with the mayor, as his initiative,” said an elected official familiar with the issue. “It was something very dear to the mayor that had to happen, no matter what.”
Bratton, the sources noted, did not resist de Blasio’s directive.
The NYPD declined to comment. City Hall credited both men with the idea.
“This is a joint policy initiative, developed and implemented by Commissioner Bratton and the leadership team at the NYPD, and fully supported by the mayor,” a de Blasio read more…