A week after most of New York’s political heavyweights got behind a plan to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession, the sky still hasn’t fallen. It hasn’t even gone dark from all the celebratory pot smoke.
As a matter of fact, while not all voters are high on the proposal, the politician who initiated it, Governor Andrew Cuomo, still has a 70 percent approval rating.
Cuomo and New York City officials say the move could keep thousands of nonviolent offenders out of the criminal justice system.
“This simple and fair change will help us redirect significant resources to the most serious criminals and crime problems,”� said Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney. “And, frankly, it’s the right thing to do.”�
New York isn’t the only place where officials are openly discussing reforms to marijuana laws: Rhode Island is about to decriminalize possession, becoming the 15th state to do so, while voters in Colorado and Washington state will weigh in on legalization proposals this fall.