Should Gov. Cuomo Decriminalize Marijuana? [POLL]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking state lawmakers to remove criminal penalties for those who buy and use, but don't sell, marijuana. This means it will be legal to use marijuana in New York, but illegal to sell it.
Here is what the Governor had to say, according to New York Upstate:
Recreational users of marijuana pose little to no threat to public safety. The unnecessary arrest of these individuals can have devastating economic and social effects on their lives," Cuomo's office wrote in its 383-page "State of the State" book that introduced the proposal.
New York City spent $75 million in 2010 to arrest and jail those caught with "small amounts" of marijuana, but about 90 percent of them had no subsequent felonies, according to data included in the proposal.
Do you think marijuana should be legal for recreational purposes in New York State?