Pro-marijuana mayoral candidate says legalize it

Photo by Jefferson Siegel Among the marijuana marchers was Phil Hollenbeck of Brooklyn, who claimed he was smoking sage.

Photo by Jefferson Siegel
Among the marijuana marchers was Phil Hollenbeck of Brooklyn, who claimed he was smoking sage.

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  Trailing a cloud of smoke, the annual New York City Cannabis Parade made its way from 24th St. to Union Square on Saturday. About 100 people gathered under sunny skies for speeches and music.

Among the speakers was mayoral candidate Sal Albanese.

“I think the time has come to legalize it,” Albanese said to cheers. “If you think the time has come to end the prohibition on marijuana, then I need your help,” he added.

“I’ve always been an advocate of legalizing marijuana,” Albanese said afterward.

“We’re wasting taxpayer money. It will also bring down stop-and-frisks. We’re criminalizing tens of thousands of people.”

Asked how a city official could affect state and federal laws, Albanese elaborated, “The mayor has a bully pulpit. Let’s tax it and put revenue toward education.”

Aron Kay, the “Yippie Pieman” was also in the crowd. Noting he was at the first marijuana smoke-in in 1973, he said, “I have not missed a pot march in New York City since.”

Phil Hollenbeck of Brooklyn stood puffing a monster-sized blunt. Asked what was in it, he laughed and said, “Sage.”

Also among the pro-cannabis crowd was political comedian and mayoral candidate Randy Credico. David Peel and The Lower East Side were among the afternoon’s musical highlights. An organizer said similar parades were taking place in 400 cities worldwide.

The march was organized by NORML, the Yippie Cafe on Bleecker St. and others.

Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Washington State has decriminalized marijuana. Last year, Colorado legalized recreational use.

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2 Responses to Pro-marijuana mayoral candidate says legalize it

  1. far more than 100 people

  2. I think it is great that Randy Credico and Sal Albanese, two Democratic candidates for mayor of NY City are for legalizing cannabis. Another NY City mayoral hopeful who is also for legalizing cannabis is the Green Party candidate Tony Grnowicz. I don't know where the other candidates stand on this, but since at least three candidates are for out and out legalization, means that cannabis is no longer demonized, but a normal part of our culture.

    I am for legalizing cannabis and against taxing it!

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