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Andrew Cuomo on Drugs

Democratic Governor

 


Criminalize synthetic marijuana and designer drugs

A 2012 Order for Summary Action effectively banning the sale of bath salts and synthetic marijuana in New York State. Known as "designer drugs," because they are synthetically manufactured compounds chemically similar to naturally occurring narcotics and hallucinogens, bath salts and synthetic marijuana can be extremely dangerous substances linked to poisoning, accidental death and suicide. [The state] outlawed the manufacture, distribution, sale and possession of bath salts and synthetic marijuana. This made law enforcement part of the solution, even if manufacturers make alterations to the drug's chemical structure.

We must make designer drugs like bath salts & synthetic marijuana Schedule I drugs--on par with heroin, LSD, marijuana, & ecstasy. Therefore, Governor Cuomo will propose legislation to criminalize the sale and possession of these substances, and ensure our laws give us the flexibility to immediately tackle the next iteration of designer drugs so not a single life is lost.

Source: NY Rising 2013 State of the State booklet , Jan 9, 2013

Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana

Andrew Cuomo is asking state legislators to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana that are in public view. Saying the aim was to avoid unnecessary misdemeanor charges against thousands of New Yorkers--"disproportionately black and Hispanic youth," according to a statement from the governor's office--the legislation "brings consistency and fairness" to New York's marijuana laws.

"There is a blatant inconsistency. If you possess marijuana privately it is a violation, if you show it in public it's a crime. It's incongruous. It's inconsistent the way it has been enforced," Cuomo told reporters at a press conference in Albany on Monday.

Source: CNN.com "Decriminalize Possession" , Jun 4, 2012

One strike & you’re out drug policy for public housing

The Supreme Court affirmed the government’s zero-tolerance anti-drug policy for tenants of public housing. The “one strike and you’re out” policy upheld by the court applies even if tenants were unaware of drug use by their children or grandchildren listed on the lease. The challenge was brought by four senior citizens who received eviction notices. The evictions were authorized under regulations implemented in 1996, when Andrew Cuomo was Housing and Urban Development secretary.
Source: Gaylord Shaw, Newsday , Mar 27, 2002

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