Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) might want to be president after all. While he previously called legalizing marijuana “perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done,” he’s now moderating his tone. He now says he supports decriminalization and believes the feds shouldn’t interfere “with states that have already legalized.”
- Bloomberg hasn’t endorsed MED or REC legalization.
- Before he ran for Mayor Bloomberg was asked if he’d ever tried marijuana. He responded, “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.”
N.Y. Times (2002)
While more Democrats then Republicans favor REC legalization, supporters in both parties consider it one of their top priorities.
In other state political news:
- Make It Legal Florida, a REC ballot initiative backed by big industry players MedMen and Parallel (formerly Surterra), says it has more than 75% of the 766,200 signatures it needs to make the November ballot. Another effort, Regulate Florida, appears unlikely to come close.
- Virginia AG Mark Herring (D) will host a cannabis summit this week to push for decriminalization.