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January 17, 2014

LEFFLER: Medical marijuana doesn't go far enough

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Tonawanda News — Cuomo is getting his ducks in a row to decide whether to run for president. He’s thinking that if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run, he might have a chance. But in order to have a chance, he can’t be the radical liberal that he probably really is.

To hear some people tell it, even allowing medical use of marijuana will send this country straight to chaos. It will lead to human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together — mass hysteria. A majority of those same people probably think it’s always noon because that’s what their VCR tells them. And they’d also likely vote for Strom Thurmond for president — even though he died 10 years ago.

In other words, the opposition to legalized marijuana is fading. The governor should lead on the topic, not be dictated to by national polls, which I feel is the real basis for his current position.

Scott Leffler is the night city editor of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. Contact him at scott.leffler@lockportjournal.com or on Twitter, @scottleffler.

Scott Leffler is the night city editor of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. Contact him at scott.leffler@lockportjournal.com or on Twitter, @scottleffler.

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