A sizeable number of elected officials representing Long Island who responded to a recent newsday.com survey said they support legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York.
Of Long Island’s 81 local, state and federal elected officials, 32 mostly Democratic respondents said they support legalizing medical marijuana, two said they would not support such a measure, and 47 would not say whether they would support it.
Among those who said they would support legalizing medical marijuana were Democratic U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and U.S. Reps. Tim Bishop, Carolyn McCarthy and Gregory Meeks.
Republican State Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick and Democratic Suffolk Legis. William Spencer said they would not support such a measure, though Spencer qualified his answer by saying, “if the conditions, qualifications and methods of delivery can be … [strictly] clarified and controlled I would consider supporting it.”