Mcnamara’s Comments Do Not Mean He Wholeheartedly Supports The Proposal.

The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene analyzed emergency-room visits and interviewed users to come up with ideas to reduce synthetic marijuana overdoses. The authors found that a primary reason people used the drug is to avoid failing their probationary drug screenings, turning to a drug the authors said causes more health problems than marijuana, according to the May 2016 study. Probation officers do sometimes test for synthetic drugs, but the changing chemical formulas mean law enforcement is always playing catch up, the authors wrote. The governor’s office has not released additional information about how decriminalizing marijuana statewide would work after the initial announcement last month. Legislators would have to approve the proposal along with the state budget by March 31. Cuomo said selling marijuana should still result in harsh criminal penalties, but punishing users wastes tax dollars and can ruin the lives of people who are not career criminals. New York City spent $75 million in 2010 to arrest and jail those caught with “small amounts” of marijuana, but about 90 percent of them had no subsequent felonies, according to data included in the governor’s proposal. McNamara’s comments do not mean he wholeheartedly supports the proposal. He said he’s concerned increased marijuana use will result in roads that are less safe. The way marijuana affects Green Rush regular users, especially those who might consume it for medical reasons, will present challenges to law enforcement determining who is impaired, he said.

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