Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg once tried to ban soda. Now he thinks recreational marijuana is stupid.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not a fan of recreational marijuana
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is back in the news this week, proselytizing against the scourge of marijuana. The three-term mayor who popularized the nanny-state with his failed soda ban told a crowd on Tuesday that legalizing recreational marijuana "is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done."
“Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans OD’d on drugs,” he said, according to WBNG.com. “In 2018, more people than that are OD-ing on drugs, have OD’d on drugs, and today, incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done."
He continued: "We’ve got to fight that, and that’s another thing that Bloomberg Philanthropies will work on it in public health."
Bloomberg’s proclamation comes on the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to legalize recreational cannabis in the state — something that 10 other states and Washington D.C. have already done.
The new legislation called the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act could generate around $300 million in revenue for the state according to some reports. Along with the untold health benefits, it could also usher in a new era of social justice, helping to begin a healing process for minority communities in New York that have been unjustly burdened by the criminal justice system.
"Let's stop the disproportionate impact on communities of color," Cuomo said in a recent budget address. "Let's create an industry that empowers the poor communities that paid the price and not the rich corporations that come in to make a profit."
Perhaps Michael Bloomberg should stick to soda.
*Header Image: David Berkowitz