Holds office State Assembly District 103
He supports the legalization of adult cannabis use in New York state.
In February 2019, he stated that "a system of regulations, a system of marketing, a system of banking, and a system of going through our criminal records," would be ironed out.
"The criminalization of marijuana has contorted out criminal justice system. It has placed into the criminal justice system people who are not a danger to society. it has created criminal records for people who don't deserve criminal records. We have to end that."
"The reality is, from a Marist poll, that 92 percent of people over 50 said they would use marijuana legally for different reasons." He mentioned "relaxation," "appetite purposes," and "to ameliorate some kind of condition" as among some of the key reasons.
"I hope that we come up with a bill that removes criminal sanctions and stop using it as a gateway to the criminal justice system.
"Ending decades of the inappropriate use of our criminal justice system, recognizing that law-abiding people ought not have to fit into a narrow category of specific diagnoses, discouraging illegal and unsafe markets and allowing responsible adults to make legal choices is not about “recreation.”" 7/24/2018
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