January 9, 2014

Pot proposal sound, Facebook readers say

PLATTSBURGH — Most Press-Republican Facebook readers seem cool with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to legalize some medicinal use of marijuana.

A number of them even threw in that they would like to see marijuana decriminalized in New York state, in general.

Here are some of the responses to the question we posed on Facebook about Cuomo’s proposal, officially announced Wednesday in his State of the State address:

Vince O’Driscoll: “I have no problem with medicinal usage.”

Daniel L Wilson: “It’s a good idea if it’s just for medicinal purposes. I do believe they should decriminalize it, but i don’t believe it should be allowed recreationally only because it drives the price up’ and why would anyone want to give the tax revenue to an institution that was punishing people for it in the first place.

Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten: “It’s about time! We should be legalizing recreational use so that we can regulate and tax it.”

Ann Jason Whalen: “With medicine today there has to be another way.. NO NO NO.”

Richard Armand Patrie: “Decriminalize it, and instead of offering tax breaks to businesses opening near SUNY campuses, eliminate all tax on business. NY is becoming a ghost town. It has more takers than makers. Eliminate the taxes on business and this place would thrive.”

Don Martin: “The prices in Colorado went down from 50 an eighth to 35; now that’s more like it.”

Kimberly Ryan: “So glad we left NY!!!!!”

Fred V Provoncha: “If you build it, they will come. I remember when off-track betting came in, and the state lottery, everything that was said about each of those to get them in place was a lie. If this is for medical use, what medicine is it replacing? And why is that being replaced?”

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