Medical Marijuana: Is Andrew Cuomo A Weed-Bully Or Is "Cuomo 2016" On His Mind?

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As we reported yesterday, a bill will soon be introduced into the state Legislature that would legalize medical marijuana in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo, however, says he won't sign the bill -- despite overwhelming public support for prescription pot. It seems as though maybe -- just maybe -- the gov might be a little more concerned with running for president in a few years (and having to explain signing a medical marijuana bill) than he is with doing what makes sense.

"There are tremendous risks [associated with legalizing medical marijuana]," he told reporters in Utica on Monday. "I think the risks outweigh the benefits at this point."

We asked Cuomo's office what specific "risks" came with allowing people to treat various health problems with marijuana rather than other powerful/dangerous legal narcotic drugs. We were ignored. So until the governor's office tells us otherwise, we'll go ahead and assume Cuomo doesn't know of any "tremendous risks" associated with legalizing medical marijuana, and that's because there aren't any -- it's weed, not crystal meth.

Last time we checked, nobody's died from a marijuana overdose...ever. And if medical marijuana is legal -- and regulated by the government, like, say, alcohol (which can be lethal) -- it's a way for sick people to best treat their illnesses without having to deal with a sketch-ball drug dealer who may try to A) rob them, or B) give them crappy weed.

If Cuomo considers food tasting better, movies seeming funnier, and an unhealthy obsession with the Planet Earth series (oh, yeah -- and relieving excruciating pain) to be "risks," then he might be on to something.

If not -- and there aren't actually "tremendous risks" with letting people who already are smoking weed do so legally -- it seems the governor might want to stop worrying about how he's going to explain on the campaign trail why he signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, and start worrying supporting something the majority of New Yorkers want.

In addition to the "tremendous risks," Cuomo says there isn't enough time in the current legislative session to iron out a medical marijuana bill. However, as assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried pointed out earlier this week: "The legislature and governor have sorted out much more complicated issues in less time over the years. I think the governor would find this is very doable."

Unfortunately, here's the reality: if Cuomo backs a medical marijuana bill, you can pretty much count on a few "Andrew Cuomo's soft on drugs -- he led the charge against the Rockefeller Drug Laws AND legalized weed (gasp!)" GOP campaign ads if he runs for president.

We spoke with a few medical marijuana advocates yesterday. See our previous story here. As we all agreed, it's "odd" that an uber-conservative state like Arizona currently has medical weed, but a "progressive" place like New York doesn't. And, again, the overwhelming public support (anywhere from 60-percent to 80-percent of New Yorkers support medical marijuana, depending on which poll you look at) makes it seem as though an incumbent governor might want to embrace something so popular amongst his constituents -- unless, of course, he plans to seek higher office.

Obviously, this is our theory on Cuomo's "uncharacteristic" (as described by a medical marijuana advocate) opposition to something "progressive" like medical weed. But we want to know what you think: Is Cuomo's opposition to medical marijuana political posturing?

Cast your vote below.




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cniemet24
cniemet24

hes posturing at the expense of mine and other peoples health if he doesnt sign this in and does run for the presidency im going to start an add campaign saying how his political ambitions were at the pain of the public... he will be destoyed #new.york #andrew.cuomo

Aconcernedcitizen
Aconcernedcitizen

He's posturing and it's fucking embarrassing to be an American. He's going to deny suffering patients medicine because he thinks he has a shot at becoming president? Fucking insane and downright inhumane. If cannabis isn't completely legalized or at the bare minimum medicinal by 2016 I'm getting the fuck out of this country. Fucking downright embarrassing. 

Legalize
Legalize

How about stop thinking about your own personal life and start thinking more about the people, like a true politician should.

Soberly disappointed
Soberly disappointed

As a New York voter, I feel that Cuomo's ignorance in this matter demonstrates that he is not fit to hold office. The majority of his constituents want medical marijuana legalized, yet he is basically telling us that he knows what's is best. Mr. Cuomo, you a supposed to represent the people, not your own agenda. Shame on you!

Georgemooney59
Georgemooney59

High school graduates will have choice between uniforms.Orange jumpsuits or olive drab, maybe police blue.The military industrial complex is alive and feasting on our young. We make prison guards or prisoners or police and correction officers.This is not a healthy society. We must strive to find our voices and make them heard and reorganize our priorities.

Guest
Guest

Obama is repelled by the smell of pot, also are the swat teams who sniff it out. Membership in law enforcement unions would be down 80% if the war on weed was ended,  it is best for the nation if potheads were jailed and millions of cops kept their jobs.

redstone
redstone

Cuomo's worried about being associated weed when he'll be forever branded as Governor Gay Marriage in the eyes of hicks and swing state voters?

Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

Just legalize marijuana! It is much better for people than prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco or bad illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, and meth. Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.

Lil_roo_1985
Lil_roo_1985

you think it outweighs the benefits? f.u! I have several family members, including myself dying because of cancer and the only thing that can help them live a normal life is hemp oil. i do not think you know the benefits med m.j. can have for millions of people. I'm sorry if you feel that millions of lives are not enough of a benefit for it to matter to you. BOOO! I wouldn't vote for you because I don't trust your judgement to run a U-haul pageant to pick the lesser beat up truck. Perhaps you need to open a book. Talk to UCLA, Stanford, University of Colorado. The list goes on. How can a politician tell us what medicines are best for us? Most are not doctors. Most have not studied medicines. Most are gentically lucky enough to never have to experience any form of cancer. Most do not know what they can do for people. You think you know slick, but I got news for you. You don't! Read a book. Read some studies. asshole!

guest
guest

I would say if he's posturing, he;s going about it all wrong if he hopes to win.

Donbooks
Donbooks

He would rather have all the people getting killed in Mexico and else where than legalize a born American human right .  It's coming and if he wants to run he better get on the correct side.

esotericknowledge
esotericknowledge

In My Opinion: The people know what is best, but, you live under the dictatorship of Andrew Cuomo.  People should understand that Democratic politicians sit a little right of center if you map them on a scale.  Americans have no idea about this.  There isn't a left in America, save the Green Party.  And most Americans are centrist.  The only choice of politicians you have is a little conservative or really conservative/nearly fascist.

Kevin Hunt
Kevin Hunt

Cuomo never got the memo that 70% of Americans support medical marijuana.  

joeyrockx
joeyrockx

Well at least its a Democratic mumbling incoherently about marijuana this time and not a so called "Republican". I was beginning to think we owned the entire circus of clowns when it came to cannabis. It just shows, "reefer madness" doesn't care about your politics. Its a mental disease that seems to strike the simplest of minds.

LEAP
LEAP

As if supporting medical marijuana is going to be anything but a political benefit to anyone running for the Democratic nomination in 2016 (see also: general election). Look at the damn polls! Medical marijuana consistently polls higher than pretty much ANY political candidate -- 70 to 80 percent support every time.

Sandtrapking
Sandtrapking

I LOVE it when I read an article that so succinctly gets to the "heart" of the matter. 

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Ending prohibition will see the largest share of criminal profits go up in smoke. These are the very profits that enable them to establish sophisticated networks, buy military hardware and airplanes, build submarines and tunnels, recruit thousands of foot soldiers, or bribe and threaten government officials like Andrew Cuomo. 

ShawnTippie
ShawnTippie

He is committing people to prison, endorsing human rights abuses and racism in order to be elected? Shame, may history punish these people.

redstone
redstone

 Ending prohibition will see small-time law enforcement budgets go up in smoke.Ending prohibition will see upstate NY's prison-based economy go up in smoke.Ending prohibition may see profits for movie theaters and planetariums soar.

Kevin Hunt
Kevin Hunt

I doubt that there will ever be a shortage of business for law enforcement or prisons.  We still have 1 million violent crimes/year and 9 million property crimes/year to keep them busy.  In addition, we have hard drugs to go after.

redstone
redstone

How many violent crimes and property crimes are related to druggies trying to score money for their fix? Legalize all drugs and crime would drop as prices drop from the black market to retail levels.

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