Cuomo Drops Recreational Marijuana From the Budget Governor Cuomo has agreed to drop recreational marijuana regulation from his proposed budget.  He and leaders of the Senate and Assembly say it could be taken up again before the legislative session ends on June 19th.  Even though Cuomo indicated that there is a $3 billion that could have been helped out by legalization to the tune of $300 million, he said they just ran out of time to get it all done.     Tax the Rich Instead No surprise here as Cuomo sprinkled his budget full of big policy items still being haggled over.  He says he replaced it with a tax on people who have condos and co-ops in NYC worth $5 million or more.  The rich just can’t get out of NY fast enough and Cuomo and his colleagues can’t seem to kick them out fast enough. Are they High? I think there should be mandatory drug testing daily for our Governor and elected legislature to see if their vote should count or not. Banana Haze So NY’s ”three men in a room” budget negotiations continues (albeit “two men and one woman in a room”) in secret… 

New York Listening Sessions Continue

New York Listening Sessions Continue Governor Cuomo took some heat after tweeting “We want to hear from you as we work to draft legislation on a regulated marijuana program in New York.  Come out and share your thoughts.”  Love him or hate him, we all know he is calculated to the extreme in everything he does. Some of the responses were serious, some were funny and some made really great points. Waste of taxpayer dollars for window dressing – do they really care what you think? Just look at the other states and learn from them. Listening sessions is just a way to drag this out. Don’t bend to the lobbyists. Pandering as usual. Just legalize it dude, you aren’t good at listening anyway. Blah blah blah I want to be president blah blah blah. NY is a cartel. NY will tax it too high. Let us grow our own. Sorry – I was going to attend but then I got high. Here is the schedule for the listening sessions.  I think New York will get it mostly right but if they don’t allow people to grow their own limited number of plants and if they tax it too… 

New York Marijuana Legalization Study Part 2 of 3

NY Marijuana Legalization Study Part 2 of 3 Yesterday I posted a blog about the recently released NY Marijuana Study.  I covered some basics and the health analysis and impacts of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York.  Today’s post is part 2 of 3 and will cover criminal justice and public safety.  I will also cover the economic effects of legalization of recreational marijuana in New York.  You will recall that the report’s conclusion was that it is “less of a question of whether to legalize but how to do so responsibly.” NY Marijuana Legalization and Criminal Justice and Public Safety Driving Impaired: The NY Marijuana report goes into great detail about the impact of marijuana arrests on the population.  One of the most interesting, is the rate of intoxicated drivers. In 2007, 8.6% percent of drivers tested positive for marijuana derivatives. Six years later that increased half again as much to 12.6%.  At the same time, the percentage of drivers testing positive for alcohol declined from 12.4% to 8.3 percent. Interestingly, the rate of intoxicated drivers stayed nearly the same (21% to 20.9%) over that time period,  A fair share of the population was driving on hooch…