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Feb 22, 2019 1:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police Chief Raises Concerns Over State Plan To Legalize Marijuana

Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki. VALERIE GORDON
Mar 4, 2019 3:24 PM

After Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State address last month, it became clear that the state will pursue a plan to legalize the possession and distribution of recreational marijuana—and that local municipalities will have the option to opt out of the plan, if the governor’s proposal is ultimately approved.

Legalizing recreational marijuana would undoubtedly present challenges to local East End law enforcement officers, according to Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki. And whether municipalities should opt out is not a simple decision to make, according to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

Prior to making a decision, the supervisor plans to meet with local school administrators, health professionals, businesses, and parents, as well as take into consideration local law enforcement concerns.

Chief Skrynecki referred to a report from the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests that marijuana use influences addictive behavior. Reading from a letter dated January 17, from the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police—of which Chief Skrynecki is a member—he said, “New York State is currently battling an opioid epidemic with law enforcement and public health professionals on the front line, and it would be counterintuitive to condone the use of marijuana.”

In 2017, Southampton Town Police reported that 19 individuals died from opioid overdoses. In 2018, that number dropped to six. At a recent opioid forum, held at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons on February 6, local and state lawmakers, including Mr. Schneiderman, vowed to do whatever it takes to get that number down to zero.

Chief Skrynecki said he fears the number of overdoses could increase if marijuana is legalized in New York.

He explained that even if the state legalized it, marijuana is illegal under federal law and classified as a “Schedule 1” drug, meaning that the federal government views cannabis as highly addictive with no medical value. Marijuana is also often referred to as a “gateway drug” that some say leads to the use of opioids, such as heroin.

“It’s a lot easier for us when federal and state laws are compatible,” Chief Skrynecki said. “I will take the position that the state chiefs association has taken.”

However, Mr. Schneiderman explained that the legalization of marijuana could potentially have the opposite effect on the number of opioid deaths on the East End—people might be less likely to use prescription painkillers and heroin if there was a legal substitute.

“There’s a lot of pot being used already—somehow they’re managing to get it,” he said. “I don’t think it would lead to more opioid use.”

And although state lawmakers are still figuring out the logistics when it comes to taxing, licensing and regulating the drug, Mr. Schneiderman said state regulation would ensure the product was safe.

“My biggest fear is it could be laced with fentanyl if people are buying it on the street—that’s a big problem,” he said. “If you can regulate it, at least you know it’s safe.”

Mr. Schneiderman’s counterpart in East Hampton, Peter Van Scoyoc, did not return requests for comment this week. Additionally, several law enforcement officers—including East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo, Captain Christopher Anderson, and Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Austin McGuire—did not return multiple requests for comment over the past several weeks.

Chief Skrynecki remained skeptical about the nuts and bolts of making marijuana legal. He anticipated that New York State would require distributors to obtain a license for selling marijuana, similar to that of a liquor license, noting that those overhead costs would drive up the price of the product and making it more lucrative for those willing to sell it illegally.

“If I’m growing marijuana and selling it under the table, I’m probably going to beat your price,” Chief Skrynecki said. “If marijuana is legal and the store is offering it for $20 and I am offering it for $10 because my overhead is less, who are you buying from?”

Because of that, he said the estimated $300 million in tax revenue expected from the legalization is not accurate.

Mr. Schneiderman disagreed. “If it becomes legal, people will pay more if they have to buy it legally and not take the risk,” he said on Thursday, February 21. “I think law enforcement will do their job to crack down on any illegal sales.”

He estimated that Suffolk County’s cut of the state’s $300 million tax revenue would equate to roughly $20 million annually from the sale of marijuana. However, Southampton Town, which collects only property taxes and not sales tax, would see only trickle-down effects from those funds, such as an increase in county funding for public transportation, homeless shelters and health clinics.

Aside from health-related issues, Chief Skrynecki said that law enforcement officers are also concerned with how legalization will impact public and traffic safety.

Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol, which can be tested via a Breathalyzer, he said it’s much more difficult, as well as expensive, to detect someone driving under the influence of marijuana. He explained that the detection of impaired driving must be performed by a New York State certified Drug Recognition Expert, or DRE officer.

He added that the department will be sending its first officer to complete the month-long certification training in the coming months, but he anticipated that at least two or three more officers would need to undergo the training before marijuana is legalized.

The training, which has been approved by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, consists of two phases: academic training and field certifications.

Phase one includes instruction in physiology, vital signs, standardized field sobriety testing and different drug indicators. Students must achieve a minimum score of 80 percent on their examinations and must demonstrate proficiency in administering field tests in order to progress to phase two.

Field certifications consist of a minimum of 12 successful evaluations of drug impaired individuals. Each student has to identify subjects under the influence of four of the seven drug categories, according to the state.

The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police estimated that law enforcement agencies would need to add approximately 650 new drug recognition experts statewide to handle the suspected increase in impaired drivers.

In comparing data in Colorado, which legalized marijuana in 2013, Chief Skrynecki said traffic fatalities increased by 62 percent within the first year. Additionally, he said the state’s violent crime rate increased by 18.6 percent—or 11 times faster than the rest of the nation since its legalization. Property-related crimes also increased by 8.3 percent.

“We have enough people that are driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs already, and we have our share of serious auto accidents,” he said. “We’re hoping to not see similar stats here, but we suspect we will.”

Mr. Schneiderman, however, was skeptical that those increases were a direct result of legalized marijuana. “Sometimes these percentages can be deceiving,” he said.

The supervisor noted that before the Town Board makes a decision on whether to opt out of the plan, he plans to look at the impacts other states have seen since the drug’s legalization. “I’m not in a hurry to make a decision on this,” he said.

Chief Skrynecki plans to meet with Mr. Schneiderman in the coming weeks to discuss his concerns, noting that they have just “scratched the surface” of reaching a decision.

“We want the legislation here to be fully aware of these issues,” he said. “I’m not asking them to make a decision one way or another—I’m just trying to make sure that they are educated to the things that we as police chiefs have seen and heard.”

As for Mr. Schneiderman, he said, “I don’t like government playing parent too much. If you’re an adult, you should be able to make decisions for yourself. This is a personal choice.”

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Really? Sure why not. We opt out of enforcing local safety regulations on motel owners housing year round residents, we opt out of having the water department provide clean, safe drinking water, and we ignore our Federal immigration laws when pulling over non-licensed, uninsured motorists so why not ignore this law as well.
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Feb 24, 19 8:30 AM
The only thing they can ban is sales, so it'll just result in people grabbing their ganja after they hit Riverhead Costco.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 24, 19 8:49 AM
History won't be on his side on this one.
By Agawam Yacht Club (69), Southampton on Feb 24, 19 9:15 AM
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Not that you can actually believe Skrynecki's word.
By themarlinspike (357), southampton on Feb 24, 19 10:00 AM
It's a plant, outlawing it has been a ridiculous failure. Stuck-in-the-mud, fuddy-duddy South Fork towns can choose to ban sales under proposed recreational cannabis laws but they can not ban possession or use. Also, the black market has and will continue to offer a range of illicit products -- capitalism works : )
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Feb 24, 19 10:00 AM
The governor and the supervisor only see the tax revenues that they can spend./ If it becomes legal, your public officials, workers and maybe police officers may be affected.
Where the hell is our country going, Can't even sing Out National Anthem as it's written. WOW
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Feb 24, 19 10:06 AM
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Well then, keep the money in the hands of criminals, instead of taxpayers. Go ahead opt out. People will find a way to demand the supply of that which they desire. And, many criminals will be more than happy to take their money. Cannabis being "Schedule 1" is absolute horse****. It's about as addictive as chocolate. The real "gateway drug" in the opioid crisis is prescription opiates. Thank you, Big Pharma.

Local law enforcement is considering continuing a prohibition created by a ...more
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Feb 24, 19 10:39 AM
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It will be fun when local bars can pair a joint with a pitcher of margaritas. Or when the Boardy Barn opens its affiliate, the Smoky Stable.
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Feb 24, 19 10:47 AM
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I believe the chief. His incentive is to make the community safe. i dont believe Jay. His incentive is to ingratiate himself to Cuomo and the increasingly loony left Democratic Party. I can’t think of a single way that a community will be better by making pot smoking easier. Zero.
By CPalmer (77), Southampton on Feb 24, 19 1:24 PM
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How good is it for a community that alcohol is so easily accessible?
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Feb 24, 19 1:32 PM
Not very. That’s hardly an argument for doubling down with pot though.
By CPalmer (77), Southampton on Feb 24, 19 2:22 PM
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I can think of one benefit: more freedom.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 24, 19 2:39 PM
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Here's a little history lesson: Alcohol prohibition didn't work either. Created one h*** of a black market though...
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Feb 24, 19 10:16 PM
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Three key positive points for legalization of cannabis:
Decrease in legal expenses both personal and tax dollars for a non violent act that harms no one.
Decrease in arresting minorities and the lifelong impact from an arrest record.
Increase in awareness (MANY people use regularly currently) and options for treatment.
I can go on and on.
History has proven that legal consequence DOES NOT reduce drug use. Lets try treatment instead of ruining lives though the legal system. ...more
By Corwin1879 (37), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 1:47 PM
Chief Skrynecki is a cop. To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Instead of continuing the criminalization of drugs, a policy that has seen their use skyrocket, why not try education (as has been done SUCCESSFULLY in Portugal) and investment in pharmaceutical research to find therapeutic drugs to break the hold of (some) recreational drugs?

The chief's risible notion of making Southampton Town an island of abstinence in a sea of aficionados illustrates his institutional prejudice. ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Feb 24, 19 1:53 PM
Why are opioids mentioned in a statement regarding legality of marijuana? One has nothing to do with the other.
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Feb 24, 19 4:46 PM
Contrare. Opiates use have declined significantly in states that legalized marijuana.
By A Great American (86), East Quogue on Feb 24, 19 6:51 PM
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That is incorrect. The only thing the study found was that the number of legal opiate prescriptions written through Medicare Part D decreased in states where medical marijuana was available. It said absolutely nothing about illegal opiate use, overdoses, or addiction rates or how recreational marijuana factored in.
By localEH (402), East Hampton on Feb 24, 19 7:22 PM
Local, it seems like a credible study. It looks to be widely accepted as a sound study. What is the problem with it? Maybe to small a population number?
Feb 24, 19 7:39 PM appended by Fred s
From DRUGABUSE.com “About 60 percent of the nation’s fatal opioid overdoses occur among patients who have legitimate prescriptions for their medications. In states where medical marijuana is legal, however, a legitimate opiate user is able to significantly decrease his or her dosage, making overdose less likely.”
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Feb 24, 19 7:39 PM
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The study is definitely a valid study. However my point is that it was being referenced in a misleading way. Btw, your citation to the information promulgated by drugabuse.com is also inaccurate. That website is not an independent non-profit research group - they are a for-profit drug treatment facility corporation. The real numbers from NIDA show that in 2017 deaths from prescription opioid overdoses were only 35% of all opioid overdoses, and only 23% did not involve the simultaneous use of other ...more
By localEH (402), East Hampton on Feb 25, 19 9:48 AM
Local, this from Forbes.....Most opioid use disorder and overdose cases occurred in patients with legitimate prescriptions from health care professionals for pain management. Marijuana liberalization, therefore, may have benefited these patients by providing them with legal protection and access to marijuana as an alternative relief from their pain conditions,” the Kentucky and Emory team wrote. “The widespread public support will bring medical marijuana laws to more and more states ...more
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 12:08 PM
Fred you keep obtusely avoiding the point and conflating topics. That study was about medical marijuana only. No one objects to medical marijuana, which is used for medical treatment in controlled lower doses supervised by a physician. The topic of this article and Cuomo’s new law is about recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana is not for medical use and there is no evidence that it reduces opioid overdoses. People are rightfully concerned about legalizing recreational marijuana.
By localEH (402), East Hampton on Feb 25, 19 12:58 PM
From the data I saw, Colorado's rate of overdoses decreased in comparison to the country-wide rate following the start of legal recreational marijuana in 2014.

Of course, correlation does not necessarily mean causation.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 25, 19 1:21 PM
The Chief remembers being shown “Reefer Madness” in grade school and he’s not letting hopped up people in his town. This scene shook him to the bone...

Wyatt: A sixteen-year-old lad, apprehended in the act of staging a hold-up. Sixteen years old, and a marihuana addict. Here is a most tragic case.
Dr. Carroll: Yes, I remember. Just a young boy. Under the influence of the drug, he killed his entire family with an axe.

And a quick Snopes fact check debunks the ...more
By Draggerman (907), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 8:33 AM
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There are potheads opening shops in Sag Harbor to sell this gateway drug.
Medicinal purposes ok but not recreational.
NYS is allowing new born babies to be aborted.
Terrible liberals are ruining this state.
Time to move out!!
By patriot50 (42), sag harbor on Feb 25, 19 9:14 AM
You keep threatening to move out. Why not just do it?
By Pacman (253), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 9:49 AM
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There are potheads opening shops in Sag Harbor to sell this gateway drug.
Medicinal purposes ok but not recreational.
NYS is allowing new born babies to be aborted.
Terrible liberals are ruining this state.
Time to move out!!
By patriot50 (42), sag harbor on Feb 25, 19 9:14 AM
See ya!!!!
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 9:37 AM
So go already. Nobody's stopping you.
By btdt (440), water mill on Feb 26, 19 12:03 AM
Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out!
By tenn tom (236), remsenburg on Feb 26, 19 8:04 AM
More importantly, where are these shops?
By johnj (992), Westhampton on Feb 26, 19 9:11 AM
This education STARTS at home the parents and family MUST be aware of everything their kids are doing. I'm NOT saying this will stop the problem but it definitely lets the kids know you DON'T condone and it is WRONG. Then the schools MUST educate ! Now let me tell you first hand that I have met with the higher ups at Southampton High School and I was told flat out "OUR HANDS ARE TIED" What a joke I told them!, they said kids are coming to school with water bottles with alcohol and smoking and ...more
By mychildmatters (67), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 25, 19 10:09 AM
No parent in the history of earth has ever known everything their healthy child is doing. Cannabis is not a drug, it is a psychoactive herb : ). Please consider refocusing your ire at the Sackler family for intentionally covering up the harm OxyContin would cause. Legal pharmaceuticals pose a much greater threat to our youth than MJ.
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 10:21 AM
Cannabis being illegal is super silly but the way it is being legalized is disgusting, a huge corporate money grab. CGC, TLRY, CRON and others have been a roller coaster ride over the past year. Corporate tobacco and alcohol companies are buying cannabis companies and will target cannabis to vulnerable, young people the same way they did with their other products. Concentrates are increasing in popularity and while fun to an experienced, knowledgeable user, they maximize some of the worst side-effects ...more
Feb 25, 19 10:10 AM appended by Aeshtron
Deer LOVE to eat Cannabis!
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 10:10 AM
That's why the current proposal makes it illegal to grow your own.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 25, 19 10:16 AM
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Grow your own dope if you need to get high. Easier than a tomato plant and maybe deer proof. Poppies also easy to grow, so I'm told, and we spend billions of dollars protecting this crop in Afghanistan.
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Feb 25, 19 10:14 AM
I would if I could. Growing your own plants would be illegal under the current proposal.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 25, 19 1:02 PM
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If the state legalizes it, it should be legal here. Legal shops that sell it will help ensure there is no mystery meat in the drug. There will still be street pot, but anyone with half a brain would be silly to go for something that they can buy legally and be assured it isn't laced with something.
By Rickenbacker (256), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 12:42 PM
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By P. Revere (145), hampton Bays on Feb 25, 19 1:40 PM
P. Revere, unless you have eternal life, you are also a weak parasite . See, I fixed it for you.
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 1:45 PM
Just leagalize it already. There are sooo many people who smoke pot... people you would never expect. It’s not a gateway drug. There’s NO solid evidence to prove that it is.
By toes in the water (847), southampton on Feb 25, 19 1:50 PM
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I agree with toes in the water
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 1:56 PM
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10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and here comes Fred. Fred, I want to live a long and prosperous life in order to help my spouse, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. I love to work and make money, eat, sleep, run, workout, drink Budweiser and have sex. I want to live as long as I am healthy enough to enjoy life as much as I do. Can't wait for the spring and hit the beautiful South shore Long Island beaches from WHB to Montauk. Life is great so take care of yourself in order to enjoy it. No drugs except for ...more
By P. Revere (145), hampton Bays on Feb 25, 19 2:04 PM
P.Revere, great answer. You just named pretty much what everyone wants from life. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I take exception to Budweiser and viagra. You’ll have a great life then, just don’t disparage people who don’t think the same way. Budweiser, can’t you do better?
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Feb 25, 19 5:34 PM
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Everyone knows the best kind of beer is "cold" and the second-best is "free"
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 25, 19 6:12 PM
Well, if you like sex so much I'm told that cannabis does wonders for it.
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Mar 5, 19 9:58 PM
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc?

Did you drink milk sometime in your life and then later smoke pot?

BAN MILK AND THROW THE DRINKERS IN JAIL FOR LIFE !!!

Problem solved . . . except that pot and heroin are readily available in jail !!!

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!

By Nero (280), Sag Harbor on Feb 25, 19 5:01 PM
I support the police chief on this issue. On the subject of Budweiser, I grew up drinking the King of Beers and prefer it to apple, pumpkin, cinnamon and all those fruity beverages marketed to people that really don't like the taste of beer and need it disguised.
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Feb 25, 19 6:53 PM
Do you recognize that all we can do is stop SALES within Southampton Town?

Do you think East Hampton, Riverhead, and Southold will all follow suit?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 25, 19 7:04 PM
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By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Feb 26, 19 12:45 AM
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By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Feb 26, 19 12:45 AM
If Southampton were to legalize the sale of pot, I'll start wearing a hat that reads, Make Southampton Classy Again. It's bad enough the store fronts have mannequins wearing torn jeans.... looks like something you'd find at the Gap. Let the pot buyers drive to Riverhead.
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Feb 26, 19 12:45 AM
There is more to beer than just lager. Get over it.
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Feb 26, 19 12:46 AM
So knowing that possessing and using cannabis would still be legal in Southampton, what is it that you want to prevent?

An influx of cash to local government?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 26, 19 7:07 AM
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Thank you pigroast for some of the best satire I've seen on this site.
By Pacman (253), Southampton on Feb 26, 19 12:58 PM
What a surprise lol old man whose made a career and whose current salary depends on arresting people for nonviolent offenses wants to keep his job! Lol whatever. Jay better be listening to people other than the police chief when he makes his decision. You know, the people that vote for him.
By Brandon Quinn (188), Hampton Bays on Feb 25, 19 9:12 PM
Maybe along with the subsidized housing that the Town of Southampton is building using our property taxes, the Town could grow marijuana in the land provided by the Community Preservation Fund and then sell the dope in the house on Main Street in Hampton Bays that the Town couldn't rent to the Autism charity, and staff this new store with undocumented immigrants that the Town houses in subsidized housing -- a truly virtuous circle!
By dfree (743), hampton bays on Feb 26, 19 6:49 AM
Provided the undocumented workers were eligible to work (for example, DACA recipients) I think this is a much better idea than sticking our head in the sand and letting the surrounding townships cash in.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 26, 19 7:05 AM
The Chief is treading on thin ice here...…..Jay and his merry bandmates may be toking during their performances.....LOL
By mtkfishman (69), montauk on Feb 26, 19 9:37 AM
When I open my edibles store, "Baked", betcha Chief Sheep and his flock will be dancing on my doorstep for donuts.
By deepchanel (79), Hampton Bays on Feb 26, 19 12:10 PM
The Chief is grandstanding and I think 27 East should have looked into the facts to see if he can do this. I hope that the Chief can interpret the proposed law law better than it appears.

“both individual counties and cities with more than 100,000 residents to opt out – and therefore not permit cultivation or retail pot facilities in their jurisdictions – if their governing body adopts an ordinance, law or resolution to “completely prohibit the establishment or ...more
By EH123 (22), East Hampton on Feb 28, 19 12:53 PM
Mr Z, no marijuana will be able to be sold where alcohol is sold
By EH123 (22), East Hampton on Feb 28, 19 12:55 PM
Can we all agree that Cannabis is and has been easily accessible on the South Fork? Does anyone believe it's current legal status stops anyone from using it?

I used to buy pot (showing my age with that term) in the bathroom of Southampton High School. When I was under 21, MJ was far easier to obtain than CnH(2n+2)O. Spread peace, love and respect : )
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Feb 28, 19 1:10 PM
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One more dictator we don't need. If the State approves legal marijuana ... the town should fall in line. Legal marijuana is far safer than the stuff the kids buy on the street and it brings in tax dollars. I agree, this Chief is grand standing and I'd join all of those who would bring him to court.
Next h'e going to propose making alcohol illegal again and perhaps return us to horse and buggy days to avoid the pollution of gas propelled vehicles.

Time to remove one more dinosaur from ...more
By jediscuba (65), Suthampton on Feb 28, 19 4:42 PM
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The number of opiod deaths in 2018 is wrong, it is 7 not six. Your didnt count my daughter Chief. How many others werent counted so we can show we re making progress in the war on drugs. Heroin is everywhere in this town now. Why is anyone wasting their time on marijuana sales?
By jim (45), hampton bays on Feb 28, 19 11:37 PM
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I wish I had more time to sit on the beach and smoke herb, silly responsibilities get in the way. G-d make ganja, man made alcohol -- who are you going to trust?
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Mar 1, 19 2:07 PM
So are you ok with people driving around high as a kite ?
By Biba (541), East Hampton on Mar 10, 19 8:30 PM
As I drove my ridiculously large, pollution-spewing vehicle past the Res today, I realized that no matter what the Town/County does, MJ will be available for purchase on the Reservation. I hope they grow it also : ) Did I mention I enjoy smoking illegal schedule 1 marijuana but that it's been a while as I'm quite busy?
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Mar 3, 19 11:53 AM
There's already too many banners advertising the price for a carton of cigarettes. What comes next, price banners for weed?
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Mar 3, 19 1:46 PM
Yes, the near future will have banners on the Res advertising prices for herb. After that come legal prostitution. Making things illegal doesn't make them disappear, it only maximizes harm and focuses that harm on the poorest members of society. A wide range of illegal substances and transactional sex have been readily available on the South Fork for well over 100 years.
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Mar 4, 19 4:22 PM
...and two wrongs don't make it right.
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Mar 5, 19 1:33 PM
No new green deal?
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Mar 8, 19 9:24 AM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser