Golden’s long opposition to liberalizing the drug laws appears to be wavering — Will Nicole’s switch tip Marty at last
According to a report in the Brooklyn Eagle, “As a sign of the growing support for legalized medical marijuana, a Brooklyn lawmaker who had previously been opposed to the idea suddenly announced that she is switching sides. *** Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) has become the first Republican elected official in New York City to support legalizing pot for medical purposes. *** Malliotakis, who has consistently voted against bills calling for medical marijuana to be legalized, announced her change of heart on Monday. The State Assembly has already approved a medical marijuana bill sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Chelsea-Murray Hill), chairman of the Health Committee. The measure is now in the State Senate, where supporters, including state Sen. Diane Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island), the bill’s sponsor in that chamber, are racing against the clock to secure passage before the legislative session ends on June 19....” ( See “Malliotakis changes position on legalizing medical marijuana” by Paula Katinas, 6/10/14, Brooklyn Daily Eagle/ brooklyneagle.com
This raises the question of State Senator Martin Golden’s once-strong opposition to the legalization of pot. Although a long-time law and order supporter of the “War on Drugs,” Marty Golden has been a reliable opponent of any type of liberalization of the drug laws. However recently, Golden’s strong spine against this creep of permissiveness has begun to waver.
Marty Golden now has what for him is a nuanced position on the legalization of medical marijuana (I’ll bet none of you ever expected me to say that Marty Golden had a nuanced position on anything). In May the State Senator for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Marine Park and other neighborhoods said he believed medical marijuana would be legal at some time in New York, but he added, “I don’t believe it should be now.” He then said his inclination would be to support medical marijuana when the Food and Drug Administration approved it at the federal level ( See “Check Out This Revealing Exchange Between Senators Savino, Golden On Medical Marijuana” by Ned Berke, 5/22/14, Sheepshead Bites [http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2014/05/check-revealing-exchange-senators-savino-golden-medical-marijuana/]; same coverage as Bensonhurst Bean [http://www.bensonhurstbean.com/2014/05/savino-golden-marijuana/]).