Where Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Stands On Marijuana

Where Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Stands On Marijuana

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a late bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on November 24. The billionaire candidate, who runs the news and financial data company Bloomberg LP, is making the case that he’s best positioned to defeat President Trump in the 2020 election. Bloomberg has a long history of speaking out against marijuana law reform, and his record on discriminatory policing tactics as mayor has given advocates pause about his candidacy. Bloomberg not only opposes legalization—putting him in a category of current candidates that includes only former Vice President Joe Biden—but called the policy change the “stupidest thing anybody has ever done.” Here’s a closer look at where the former mayor stands on drug policy. Legislation And Policy Actions Bloomberg served three terms as mayor of New York City, beginning in 2002. While he changed parties throughout that time, one consistent factor under his administration was a high level of arrests for marijuana possession. From 2002 to 2012, the NYPD made about 440,000 arrests for cannabis possession alone, collectively spending about one million hours processing those cases, according to a report from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Overall, there were more marijuana arrests under…

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