Marijuana Legalization: NYC’s Next Mayor Will Try to Legalize Weed
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The next mayor of New York City will help usher in the decriminalization of marijuana, regardless of which candidate wins the seat.
Mayoral aspirants Bill de Blasio and Joseph Lhota, who were selected as nominees to represent their respective Democratic and Republican parties following primary elections earlier this month, are both fervent proponents of decriminalizing marijuana.
De Blasio has amassed attention from left-leaning constituents for his progressive views on marijuana legislation. He supports mitigating the legal consequences of medical and recreational usage. “I support legislation to decriminalize the display of small amounts of marijuana,” the Democratic candidate said in July during a public, online interview. “The current law saddles many young people with a criminal record unfairly and it must be changed. I think there are appropriate medical uses for marijuana and I am open to policies that allow for medical use.”
De Blasio, along with former Democratic candidates Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson,admitted to smoking marijuana in the past while John Liu and Sal Albanese, who have never tried the psychoactive substance, both support its full legalization nonetheless.