Mayor's Pot Quip Turns Up in Ads

Mayor's Pot Quip Turns Up in Ads
Posted by FoM on April 09, 2002 at 10:48:47 PT
By Jessica Kowal, Staff Writer
Source: Newsday
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's election-year comment that he not only had tried marijuana but had liked it is heading for wider distribution - although he wishes it wasn't so.The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Foundation, or NORML, invoked the mayor's one-time praise for pot in a $500,000 pro-decriminalization print ad campaign that rolled out today.
Bloomberg was still a mayoral candidate when New York magazine last year asked him whether he had ever inhaled from a marijuana joint.Came his reply: "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it."The group's marketing promotion seeks to dissuade New York City from arresting and jailing pot smokers, a law-enforcement dragnet expanded under former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The ads state, "It's NORML to Smoke Pot."Bloomberg, for one, is unmoved.He said yesterday he's "not thrilled they're using my name" to get attention, but suggested he can't do much about it."I suppose there's that First Amendment that gets in the way of me stopping it," Bloomberg said. "I think that we should enforce the laws as they are in the Police Department. We'll do so vigorously."The Washington, D.C.-based NORML is a nonprofit group whose mission is to "better educate the public about marijuana" and to "assist victims of the current laws."A City University Medical School pharmacology professor is expected to participate in the group's news conference to argue that pot possession shouldn't send New Yorkers to jail. Source: Newsday (NY)Author: Jessica Kowal, Staff WriterPublished: April 9, 2002Copyright: 2002 Newsday Inc.Contact: letters newsday.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:NORML Potshot at Mayor Quote a Mayor Who Inhaled and Liked It Campaign to Feature NY Mayor Of N.Y. Coming Into Focus 
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Comment #1 posted by dankhank on April 09, 2002 at 11:18:38 PT:
Email Hizzoner .... the place to go to chastize Hizzoner and ask if he really meant to say: "I smoked and didn't get caught, you smoke and you go to jail?"The more that email him the better ...
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