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Is Legalizing Marijuana the Right Move for N.Y.?

Is Legalizing Marijuana the Right Move for N.Y.?

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in New York State during his inaugural speech on Jan. 1. Ending the prohibition of this substance is a welcomed change by many. However, I worry about certain consequences of this decision. The rise in DUI-re...

The changing landscape of marijuana

Angel Vera, Staff Writer

November 13, 2015

This past Wednesday, a major breakthrough was made with Mexican drug policy as the Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (Supreme Court of Mexico), ruled in favor of Mexican citizens having the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. Although this does not strike down any current...

High hopes for marijuana legislation in Ohio are rejected

Karina Castillo, Contributing Writer

November 11, 2015

Hopes for marijuana legalization went up in smoke in Ohio last Tuesday. Ohio voters felt that the legalization of recreational marijuana was a premature one, considering the fact that the medical use of marijuana is still illegal in the state. This discrepancy caught St. John’s freshman Bobby C...

Bernie Sanders talks pot laws to George Mason students

Suzanne Ciechalski, Opinion Editor

November 4, 2015

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appealed for an end to federal prohibition of marijuana as he spoke to college students at George Mason University last week. Focusing on the steep number of arrests that strict marijuana laws have led to, Sanders argued for regulation of pot in the same way ...

Marijuana legalization up in smoke

Angel Vera, Staff Writer

April 16, 2015

April 20; A day that is held sacred amongst the stoners and tokers of our generation. It’s a day where Americans of all creeds and colors come together and do nothing but order pizza while staring deadpan at the television watching the Food Network for two straight hours. Lighting up the doobie...

Marijuana regulations loosened in 3 states, D.C.

Elizabeth Alvarez, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2014

Voters in three states including the District of Columbia voted to legalize marijuana after last week’s midterm election, while Florida couldn’t get all the votes required to approve the measure. Pro-marijuana voters in Florida almost approved Amendment 2, which would have legalized medical marijuan...

Drug violations climb on campus

Drug violations climb on campus

Shannon Luibrand, Features Editor

October 9, 2013

Students are getting high—and the number of drug law violations is getting higher. The University recently reported that drug violations here have increased 63 percent over a three-year span. According to Thomas Lawrence, vice president for Public Safety, there seems to be only one drug of choice:...

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