Bloomberg on medical marijuana: ‘One of the great hoaxes of all times’

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Michael Bloomberg considers himself a data-driven mayor, but he doesn't find the data supporting medical marijuana persuasive, at all.

"Yeah, right, medical, come on," said Bloomberg. "There's no medical. This is one of the great hoaxes of all times."

The mayor has admitted to smoking weed in the past, and enjoying it, but that was a long time ago.

"The bottom line is, I'm told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago," he said, during his regular Friday morning appearance on the John Gambling radio show.

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"That's what I hear," agreed Gambling.

"I don't have any personal experience in terms of today," added the mayor.

The topic arose following a discussion about a recent New York State Assembly vote to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, an issue implicated in a lot of stop-and-frisk-related arrests in New York City.

Bloomberg is mildly supportive of that effort, but he's not on board with legalizing medical marijuana, nor is he on board with legalizing it recreationally, both still fledgling efforts in New York State.

Bloomberg's opposition to medical and recreational marijuana is two-fold: first, his belief that the drug is stronger now.

"And number two, drug dealers have families to feed," he said. "If they can't sell marijuana, they'll sell something else. And the something else is gonna be worse. And, the push to legalize this is just wrongheaded."

"If you think about it, they say, 'Oh well it's not gonna hurt anybody, it doesn't lead to dependency,'" he continued. "Of course it does. You can argue about recreational things, but it's a very slippery path."