Is that the reek of pot within the air — or hypocrisy? We ask as a result of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Invoice de Blasio try to have it each methods on marijuana.
Cuomo plainly ordered his well being commissioner, Howard Zucker, to challenge a report calling for legalization. Zucker disclosed Monday that he’s about to suggest it, saying “new details” present “the professionals outweighed the cons.”
However he hasn’t launched it but — so Cuomo can insist he’s nonetheless ready for it and so gained’t attempt to get the Legislature to behave on it this yr.
After lawmakers go dwelling this week, count on the report back to land and Cuomo to embrace it — neatly eradicating a difficulty pushed by his challenger, Cynthia Nixon.
And by no means thoughts that this leaves the gov with the prospect to find but extra “new details” and alter his thoughts again after the September main — or anytime earlier than the Legislature comes again into session.
In spite of everything, simply months in the past he was nonetheless calling marijuana “a gateway drug.” And he took nice care that New York’s medical-marijuana regulation didn’t OK the smokable stuff.
De Blasio, in the meantime, joined Police Commissioner James O’Neill on Tuesday to announce that, beginning in September, most New Yorkers caught smoking grass in public will get tickets, moderately than face arrest. (Exceptions embrace these with a felony report and fast public-safety threats.)
By no means thoughts that, as even the mayor’s workplace concedes, it’s “extraordinarily uncommon” for anybody to be imprisoned for possession. Or that the mayor not way back insisted such arrests have been at “a standard degree.”
No, that is meant to handle the racial disparity in arrests — which, as we’ve lengthy maintained, is attributable to elements apart from supposedly bigoted regulation enforcement.
Anyway, it gained’t fulfill the critics. Metropolis Councilman Donovan Richards used the press convention to offer one other rant in regards to the NYPD’s “sordid historical past of injustice” and its “methods that perpetuate racial bias.”
Metropolis and state, New York plainly wants an trustworthy dialog about marijuana legal guidelines. Too unhealthy that’s the very last thing the highest politicians need to supply.