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New York City Mayor Bloomberg calls medical marijuana “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time”


Although recent surveys demonstrate that public support of marijuana has steadily increased, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly voiced his disapproval of legalization efforts, calling medical marijuana “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time.”

“Medical, my… come on. There’s no medical,” Bloomberg told WOR 710 AM, a New York news talk station, CBS New York reports.

Just two days before the Mayor hit the airwaves, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that would decrease the punishment for possession of small quantities of marijuana to a fine, rather than an arrest. The next day, New York Physicians for Compassionate Care held a press conference, revealing that over 600 doctors support a medical marijuana program in New York State.

Mayor Bloomberg, however, is not backing down from his stance. He referenced a few specific hazards that may come along with the legalization of cannabis. He said that, although he does not have any recent personal experience: “…I’m told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago…So that’s one problem.”

The mayor cited the illegal drug trade as well. He argued that if drug dealers can no longer make a living off of marijuana, they will focus their attention on stronger, more dangerous, “hard” drugs. “Drug dealers have families to feed. If they can’t sell marijuana, they’ll sell something else, and the something else is going to be worse, and the push to legalize this is just wrong-headed.”

He also addressed the issue of dependency; whether or not marijuana is “gateway” drug. He refuted the arguments that weed is both safe and non-habit-forming: “They say: ‘Oh, well, it’s not going to hurt anybody. It doesn’t lead to dependency.’ Of course it does. And you can argue about recreational things, but it’s a very slippery path.”

Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, the Vice Chairman of New York Physicians for Compassionate Care, responded to Mayor Bloomberg’s comments through a press release, saying that marijuana does, in fact, have a place in medicine and can be very beneficial to those dealing with serious pain or illness. “Mayor Bloomberg’s statement that medical marijuana is a hoax is tantamount to saying that the moon landing was faked,” Dr. Aggarwal said.

He added that in “large, gold-standard, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trials conducted at major medical centers,” marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of pain and muscle spasm, and wasting syndromes. “The data is published for all to see and has been backed up by biochemistry.”

At this time, 19 states and the District of Columbia permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s prescription, and both Washington and Colorado have legalized weed for recreational purposes.

With his opinion on marijuana, Mayor Bloomberg may actually find himself in the minority among the general public. In April, a Pew Research poll showed that the majority of Americans now think pot should be legal. For more on the growing acceptance of marijuana in America, see “Reefer Madness.”

If, as the research has begun to indicate, Marijuana has legitimate medical uses, the issue may move to the regulation, and the dosing and sourcing of medical weed. Regardless of your stance on medical marijuana, the topic has become both pervasive and polarizing, and it seems to be garnering the attention of politicians and doctors alike.



Castillo, M. (2013, June 3). Bloomberg: Medical marijuana one of “greatest hoaxes of all time”. Retrieved June 11, 2013, from CBS News:

CBSNewYork. (2013, June 1). Bloomberg: Medical Marijuana Is ‘One Of The Greatest Hoaxes Of All Time’. Retrieved June 11, 2013, from CBS New York :

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  • burnsjohn007

    Medical marijuana does seem like an excuse for people to use it. Legalizing it in more states could lead to a lot of problems. But, on the other hand, legalizing marijuana is also said to be helpful in the drug wars. Besides, pot isn’t really even considered to be much of a drug anymore, is it? is operated by Recovery Brands LLC, a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, Inc.
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