I pretty much despise New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. From his ever-present crusades to control what we eat and drink to the stop and frisk program he so zealously defends, he is an authoritarian to the core who clearly finds the entire concept of individual rights to be useless and antiquated. Andrew Sullivan agrees:
The self-satisfied, self-righteous and self-appointed nanny of anyone he can get his administrative hands on is at it again. Here he is denying any scientific basis for medical marijuana – claiming that it’s actually a “hoax” – and alleging that it leads to dependency – with no evidence – and then using the pathetic argument that because marijuana is more potent today, it is somehow more dangerous. He has no evidence for that either. There is now a huge amount of data proving marijuana’s key help in addressing a variety of medical conditions that no other drug can yet match.
The man just despises freedom, as anyone living in his nanny-city of New York can attest. And his enthusiasm for the stop and frisk police policy for marijuana possession now makes more sense, doesn’t it? He’s enforcing morals and health using the police force in the crudest manner possible. He’s a Prohibitionist of the crudest, dumbest kind.
Yep, that about sums it up.