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Marijuana: Fresh air from the governor

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I don’t know what Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been smoking. He wants to change the law so people can no longer be charged with a crime for having a joint in public view if they have it in public view only because a cop ordered them to put it in public view. That’s the way things are now. If you have a small amount of marijuana (25 grams or less) in your pocket, and you ...

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June 7, 2012
11:43 a.m.

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Strock's sense of irony is put to good use when he makes note of the comparison of death caused by alcohol and tobacco with marijuana. THen he ties into the uproar and outrage by the media and some of the puritan public with Governor Cuomo's slight change in the law toward marijuana possession.

The Governor doens't go far enough. A regulated, taxed and ceritified system would reduce drug-related crime, lower law enforcement costs and provide jobs to a wide range of workers in a state who's economy is tanking. But those we elect have to trend softly as they lag behind the public sentiment of legalization. It's going to happen how ever too late!

June 7, 2012
1:44 p.m.

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It's still fashionable in the press to feign horror when an athlete or other celebrity gets busted for marijuana possession. My response always is: 'yeah, so?'.

I did write to General Mills when they dropped Michael Phelps from the Wheaties box to tell them I was returning the favor.

June 7, 2012
2:58 p.m.

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I give the Governor credit. This certainly is not a politically popular stance. He believes it's a reasonable way to go, and I agree.

Also, thanks Carl for the info delivered with your unique style.