Mike Bloomberg Says Legalizing Marijuana Could Make Young People ‘Ruin Their Future’

Mike Bloomberg Says Legalizing Marijuana Could Make Young People ‘Ruin Their Future’

Michael Bloomberg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a new interview that he is still against legalizing marijuana and rattled off a list of potential consequences he believes could follow reform. However, he said that if elected to the White House he would modestly change federal cannabis laws. In an interview with BET that was released on Tuesday, the former New York City mayor was again pressed on his opposition to cannabis legalization at a time when a strong majority of Democratic voters, as well as the current frontrunner in the race, favors the policy change. Bloomberg, who has faced sharp criticism in recent weeks over past comments he made justifying controversial police tactics and racially disproportionate marijuana arrests, said he’s in favor of decriminalizing low-level cannabis possession—but he will not back legalization until he’s satisfied that studies have demonstrated the plant “does not harm” consumers. For the time being, the candidate claimed that research shows that people who use marijuana “can have your IQ permanently reduced for the rest of your life.” He also expressed concern that states that legalize cannabis could experience higher rates of traffic accidents and domestic violence. “If the science shows that there’s a real problem, then I’d be hard-pressed to understand why we should let young people ruin their future,” he said. Bloomberg released a criminal justice reform last month that does call for decriminalization of marijuana possession, expungements and allowing states to set their own cannabis policies. “Look, you shouldn’t give people…

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