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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Calls Medical Marijuana ‘Great Hoax’

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One prominent politician is apparently not buying into the push to legalize pot.

New York City Mayor Bloomberg described efforts to legalize medical marijuana as one of the greatest scams in history.

"Medical, my foot," he said. "There's no medical. This is one of the great hoaxes of all time."

He addressed the topic while speaking on his weekly radio show, The New York Post reported.

"The bottom line is, I'm told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. And number two, drug dealers have families to feed. If they can't sell marijuana, they'll sell something else. And the something else is gonna be worse. And, the push to legalize this is just wrongheaded."

He added:

"If you think about it, they say, 'Oh well it's not gonna hurt anybody, it doesn't lead to dependency. Of course it does. You can argue about recreational things, but it's a very slippery path.

Much like other politicians before him, Mayor Bloomberg admitted to smoking pot in his younger days. It sounds like he may have actually inhaled.

"You bet I did — and I enjoyed it," he said when asked if he had experimented with marijuana.

State Sen. Diane Savino offered to bring medical marijuana patients to City Hall to demonstrate how much they need the plant’s healing powers.

"We're talking about people with terminal illnesses, seizure disorders," she said. "We're not talking about recreational use. We're not talking about just getting a prescription because you have a hangnail.”

Sources: The New York Post, Reason.com

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