Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (Unintentionally) Explains Why "Public View" Weed Law Makes No Sense

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State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos does not want to see people "walk around with 10 joints in their ear."
As you probably know, New York's "public view" marijuana law makes absolutely no sense -- it makes doing something in public (while fully clothed) a misdemeanor, while doing the same exact thing in private is a violation that's about as serious a crime as a parking ticket.

Nobody seems to know this better than state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos -- although, he doesn't seem to know that he knows it.

While arguing against Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to decriminalize "public view" marijuana possession, Skelos told reporters yesterday that "being able to walk around with 10 joints in each ear and it would only be a violation -- I think that's wrong,"

Aside from the fact that your run-of-the-mill ear can't accommodate "10 joints," as the law is currently written, "walking around with 10 joints in each ear" is a mere violation -- as long as you do it behind closed doors.

In other words, you can currently walk around your apartment with 50 joints in each ear and it's only a violation. However, the second you step outside, you're a criminal, and could be charged with a misdemeanor.

As we've pointed out in several posts, possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in New York in the 1970s thanks to the Marijuana Reform Act, which makes possession of marijuana a ticketable offense, rather than a crime that will go on your permanent record. However, a loophole in the law makes it a misdemeanor to possess weed in "public view."

For some reason, lawmakers decided that possessing weed is a crime if you're outdoors, but not if you're sitting on your couch watching Animal Planet.

Cuomo's plan is in response to the fact that the loophole has led to the disproportionate arrests of young minorities (of the roughly 50,000 people arrested each year in New York for low-level marijuana offenses, 87 percent are black or Hispanic).

Cuomo, however -- while relegating marijuana possession to the seriousness of parking in front of a fire hydrant -- still refuses to support the legalization of medical marijuana. Read all about it here.

Cuomo's plan has the support of dozens of elected officials, including the district attorneys in each of the five boroughs -- so it appears Skelos' nightmare of people gallivanting around New York with joint-filled ears could potentially become a reality.
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Da Realist
Da Realist

Supportin Medical Marijuana is dumb because it still criminalizes Marijuana possession and use. Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use is what should be supported and fought for, because it decriminalizes it. Marijuana should be Legalized for recreational use, sold out of stores to any adult 21 and over, and taxed. Doing so will create more jobs, the tax revenue will generate 13 BILLION dollars for the economy according to prominent economist, it will make it harder for kids to use, and it will put a serious dent in the profit margin of violent drug gangs and cartels. The idea that adults can drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, eat sugar, and use forks and knives, but we can't smoke Marijuana whenever we want because it's supposedly "dangerous" for us which has been proven not to be true is asinine. We're not free unless we're allowed to do whatever we want to with our bodies and are allowed to put whatever we want inside our bodies; as long as we're not hurting anybody else it shouldn't be against the law. Study Portugal's drug success after legalizing and regulated them.

Da Realist
Da Realist

Supportin Medical Marijuana is dumb because it still criminalizes Marijuana possession and use. Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use is what should be supported and fought for, because it decriminalizes it. Marijuana should be Legalized for recreational use, sold out of stores to any adult 21 and over, and taxed. Doing so will create more jobs, the tax revenue will generate 13 BILLION dollars for the economy according to prominent economist, it will make it harder for kids to use, and it will put a serious dent in the profit margin of violent drug gangs and cartels. The idea that adults can drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, eat sugar, and use forks and knives, but we can't smoke Marijuana whenever we want because it's supposedly "dangerous" for us which has been proven not to be true is asinine. We're not free unless we're allowed to do whatever we want to with our bodies and are allowed to put whatever we want inside our bodies; as long as we're not hurting anybody else it shouldn't be against the law.

Reprtr
Reprtr

I suppose it would never occur to anyone today that if the marijuana laws are a problem, JUST DON'T USE THE STUFF!!!!!!   That would be too simple. 

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