NY: 32 politicians support medical marijuana in New York

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.”

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana.

“It’s a tough issue. We talk about the comparison to alcohol, and obviously alcohol is legal and I’m hardly a prohibitionist, but it does a lot of damage,” Schumer said. “The view I have, and I’m a little cautious on this, is let’s see how the state experiments work.”

He added that lawmakers should view states like Colorado and Washington, who have legalized recreational pot, as “laboratories” to see if legalization could work on a larger scale.

“I’d be a little cautious here at the federal level, and see the laboratories of the states, see their outcomes before we make a decision,” he said.

 

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana.

“It’s a tough issue. We talk about the comparison to alcohol, and obviously alcohol is legal and I’m hardly a prohibitionist, but it does a lot of damage,” Schumer said. “The view I have, and I’m a little cautious on this, is let’s see how the state experiments work.”

He added that lawmakers should view states like Colorado and Washington, who have legalized recreational pot, as “laboratories” to see if legalization could work on a larger scale.

“I’d be a little cautious here at the federal level, and see the laboratories of the states, see their outcomes before we make a decision,” he said.