Schumer Takes A Wait-And-See Approach On Medical Marijuana In New York

NEW YORK: U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is taking a wait-and-see attitude on legalizing medical marijuana in New York state.

Speaking to members of the Advance Editorial Board, he also gave good grades to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, but said that City Hall needs to keep an eye on crime rates or else de Blasio could be a “cooked goose.”

On medical marijuana, Schumer said, “I’d be leery of just opening up all the floodgates. On the other hand, there’s a compassionate argument. Some doctors say when you have a serious type of cancer, medically prescribed marijuana is the only way to go.”

However, Schumer added, “you don’t want it to be abused where anybody can walk in and get medical marijuana.”


Latest Pew Poll: Legalization Of Marijuana Is Inevitable

Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that the personal consumption and retail sale of cannabis will eventually be legal for adults, according to national polling data released this week by the Pew Research Center. Pew pollsters have been surveying the public’s attitudes regarding marijuana legalization issue since 1973, when only 12 percent of Americans supported regulating the substance.

Fifty-four percent of respondents say that marijuana ought to be legal now, according to the poll. The total is the highest percentage of support ever reported by Pew and marks an increase of two percent since 2013. Forty-two percent of respondents said that they opposed legalizing marijuana for non-therapeutic purposes. Only 16 percent of Americans said that the plant should not be legalized for any reason.

Demographically, support for cannabis legalization was highest among those age 18 to 29 (70 percent), African Americans (60 percent), and Democrats (63 percent). Support was weakest among those age 65 and older (32 percent) and Republicans (39 percent).