Greetings, friends; and, no, this is not an April Fools article, despite the headline.
You see, New York finally voted on a substantial bill to end Cannabis prohibitions, albeit with some stupidly long delays in actually allowing sales, which was signed by Governor Cuomo. This isn't exactly a new issue, and to be absolutely clear, prohibition of a drug known to be less harmful than alcohol is outright stupid. That's not me saying, "It's a great idea to smoke an ounce of weed right now!" by the way, it's just a harm-for-harm comparison that's been made a bajillion times.
However, this new law does allow local municipalities to "Opt-Out" of recreational sale in their jurisdiction. This fact, combined with numerous bad-faith arguments against legalization, has me positively disgusted.
Today, rather than just look at a Freeport-specific thing, I'm expanding my gaze to all of Nassau County, and putting the attention on politicians of every level of our government. In particular, I'm going to address one argument that I keep seeing politicians make that really rubs me the wrong way.
The Bad-Faith Argument Of "Impaired Driving."
Why do I think this is a bad-faith argument, you ask, perhaps concerned about it, yourself? Because the trade-off to a potential but un-proven danger happens to be the continued incarceration of people, mostly People Of Color. It's saying that the very real, very proven harms of the drug war are better than the potential that a problem that might exist could be a little worse, but also might very well not be any worse.