|Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca, N.Y.: "New York should lead on this issue just as we led on repealing alcohol prohibition"|
Svante Myrick, the mayor of Ithaca, New York, announced on Tuesday that he thinks it's time to legalize marijuana. The 25-year-old elected official's announcement comes one month after voters in Colorado and Washington strongly approved measures legalizing marijuana.
"Despite having arrested over 20 million people for marijuana nationally -- a number larger than the entire population of New York State -- marijuana prohibition has failed to make our communities safer," Mayor Myrick announced exclusively to the organization Marijuana Majority. "By legalizing and regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol we can free up our already overburdened courts and law enforcement agencies to focus on serious and violent crime.
"Plus, we can take money out of the hands of the criminal black market and generate enormous revenues for the government while creating thousands of new jobs," Mayor Myrick said. "New York should lead on this issue just as we led on repealing alcohol prohibition."
|Tom Angell, Marijuana Majority: "Marijuana prohibition's days are numbered"|
Also on Tuesday, a new poll was released showing that 58 percent of American voters support legalizing marijuana and that 50 percent predict marijuana will be legal under federal law within the next 10 years. The full results of the poll, which was commissioned by Marijuana Policy Project, can seen by clicking here [PDF].
"Marijuana prohibition's days are numbered," said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority. "New prominent voices are joining the chorus calling for change every day.
"Most thoughtful politicians have known for a long time that our marijuana prohibition laws are broken, but until recently the issue was considered too controversial to speak out about," Angell said. "Now more elected officials are beginning to realize that working to repeal failed status quo policies is not only the right thing to do, but that there's a large and growing constituency of voters who will have their backs in case out-of-touch opponents decide to launch stale 'soft on crime' attacks."
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