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State Senator Diane Savino (Source: Thomas Good via Wikimedia Commons)

State Senator Diane Savino’s effort to legalize medical marijuana failed to gain traction in the New York State Senate. Capital New York is reporting that Savino, who represents parts of Coney Island, Gravesend and Brighton Beach, blamed the failure on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lack of desire to see the measure pass but was hopeful that it could become a reality next year.

Opposition to the Savino-sponsored effort included two of New York’s biggest political pillars, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Cuomo. Bloomberg derided the entire concept of medical marijuana as a hoax and Cuomo was worried that a medical marijuana program would be abused like it is in California, where prescriptions are often written for the most minor of afflictions.

Savino outright blamed Cuomo for the bill’s failure to gain traction in the Senate.

“In fact, there was overwhelming support for medical marijuana and that didn’t move forward, because the governor didn’t want to do it,” Savino told NY1.

Despite the failure for medical marijuana to pass in the last Senate session, Savino and Julie Netherland, the deputy state director for the New York Office of the Drug Policy Alliance, are hopeful that it will return as a major issue next year.

“Our advocates are already talking about next year and our need for the bill has not diminished at all,” Netherland told Capital New York.

Cuomo has yet to respond to Savino’s comments.



Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and, for the youth, is often their gateway to harder drugs.

After marijuana, prescription drugs and over the counter medication are the most commonly abused drugs among youth, according the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and approximately one in nine people aged 12 to 25 abused prescription drugs in the past year.

It’s been rearing its ugly head locally, too. Our former head of the 61st Precinct, Georgios Mastrokostas, warned that prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in the area since 2009, and that addiction has not only led to harder drugs, but also has fueled the crime spikes in thefts, burglaries, car break-ins and other property-related crimes. Those claims have already been repeated by his successor, Captain John Chell.

And it’s not just the top brass saying it. When we were on scene at yesterday’s drug bust, one of the under-covers was telling us that most of the suspects they arrest for drugs began their addictions with prescription medications they found in their parents’ medical cabinets.

Don’t give your kids the opportunity to make a bad choice. Get rid of your unused and expired medications, with the help of the NYPD.

The NYPD Community Affairs Bureau has announced that local precincts will be participating this Saturday, September 29, in the 5th Annual National Prescription Pill Take Back Day.

You can drop off unused medication at various locations and 22 police precincts throughout the city, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

The 61st Precinct at 2575 Coney Island Avenue is a drop-off site, and other can be found here.

For Sabbath observers, a drug take-back event is scheduled for the 66th Precinct at 5822 16th Avenue today, September 28, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thank you to State Senator Marty Golden for tipping us off about the event.

Last week we brought you the first two NYPD Community Affairs Unit’s safety tips videos. This is the third of four, in which the officers talk about drug use among children and teens, and how parents and educators can spot bad habits.

The videos come from a recent event in which NYPD officers from the 60th Precinct, 61st Precinct, 62nd Precinct, 70th Precinct and Brooklyn South’s Community Affairs Unit converged on Tzar Restaurant (2007 Emmons Avenue), for the first ever Community Awareness Meeting organized by the Be Proud Foundation and the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District.

Click here to see their video on bullying.
Click here to see their video on preventing cell phone theft.