Ithaca Mayor: Legalize Marijuana In New York


Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has called on New York lawmakers to allow medical marijuana and consider legalizing marijuana in general, the Ithaca Journal reports.

“Every year, millions of dollars are spent on law enforcement and thousands of young people — disproportionately young people of color — have their futures destroyed for possession of small amounts of cannabis,” the first-term Democrat wrote in an opinion article published Wednesday in the Times Union of Albany.

“Because of that, I believe that New York should seriously consider legalizing marijuana; taxing it, and regulating it. That’s also why I have directed the Ithaca Police Department to focus on other issues that will more effectively protect the public. Between dealers of hard drugs and stopping violent crime, our officers have more important things to be focusing on than low-level marijuana offenses.”

Myrick, 25, told the Ithaca Journal that it’s something he believed for a while, but he wanted to get the piece out so the Legislature spots it as it reconvenes in January. The advocacy group Marijuna Majority also featured Myrick’s views on its website Wednesday, the paper said.

Although it has passed the state Assembly repeatedly, the legalization of medical marijuana has not passed the Republican-led Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has opposed it.

Cuomo was asked yesterday about it, and he said while his office is reviewing it, his position hasn’t changed.


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  1. Estimates show that marijuana is America’s number one cash crop. However, marijuana remains untaxed. This is a new source of income for our nation, an income we desperately need.

    Over 500 of the nation’s top economic professors have shared their opinion in supporting the removal of prohibition and imposing the taxation and regulation of marijuana as a way to slow the federal deficit.

    Ending marijuana prohibition would save the US $7.7 BILLION annually. That is nearly as much as Congress’ proposed Budget Control Act. Think of the jobs it would create, the court time I would save and the jail space it would free up for actual criminals.

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  2. just the facts on

    marijuana is simply not the dangerous gateway drug it is portrayed to be…young people
    have unlimted access to it and the possession of a small quantity for personal use is
    no longer a criminal act…which begs the question if you can possess it why can’t you buy
    it legally…our nation is throwing billions of dollars down the drain in clogged court calendars
    the cost of manpower in da’s offices and the cost of housing those convicted of selling even
    small amounts in jail…plus as the above poster points out…the taxpayers lose out twice
    because marijuana if legalized could be taxed and that would provide hundreds of milions
    of dollars a yearto the states and the federal government…so the opportunity cost of
    not legalizing pot is enormous and the effects of keeping pot illegal are resulting in the
    same kinds of behavior that occurred when booze was outlawed in some
    of us made hundreds of millions selling liquor to guys like frank costello…and that includes
    joe kennedy..but organized crime would have been no where had alcohol never been prohibited
    and the volstead act never passed..pot is also keeping gangsters and drug cartels in business
    its time to take their trough away….

  3. I recently asked the new mayor of Montreal Michael Applebaum to legalize marihuana as he promised renewal in the city.The only reply I got was that he took notes of my comment.