Kristin Davis, the Libertarian Party's candidate for New York City Comptroller, said, "the legalization and regulation of marijuana is the centerpiece of my campaign to restore New York City's fiscal health" and that she supports "full legalization".
In a News Release dated June 5, 2013, Ms. Davis said, in part:
As you may have read, both Washington and Colorado recently legalized the sale of marijuana in those states. Now, both states will realize billions of dollars in new state revenues and hundreds of millions in savings from ending the prosecution and incarceration of people for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Isn't it time to do this in New York?
According to Mayor Bloomberg, next year New York City faces a $2.2 billion budget deficit. This is the same Mayor Bloomberg who says medicinal marijuana is a hoax! Thousands of sick or terminally ill people have benefited from marijuana. More and more doctors agree it has some medicinal benefits and may ease pain more safely than drugs like Percocet and Oxycontin.
It's absurd. Alcohol and tobacco are both far more harmful and both are legal, regulated and taxed. In fact, I say marijuana should be LEGALIZED, REGULATED LIKE WINE AND TAXED IN NEW YORK CITY!
Yes, it's time we legalize pot in New York City. The legalization and taxation of marijuana in New York City could not only wipe out this deficit but also create a multi-million dollar surplus.
I am running for New York City Comptroller, the Chief Financial Officer of New York City Government. The legalization and regulation of marijuana is the centerpiece of my campaign to restore New York City's fiscal health. My advocacy comes from an economic perspective and a deep belief in personal freedom even though I, myself have never even smoked "pot". My background is in business and Wall Street.
As a candidate for New York City Comptroller, I favor the legalization, regulation and taxation of Marijuana over tax increases on the working families of New York City. The single best way to solve New York City's financial problems, without raising taxes, is to legalize "pot" and to do it now!
A vote for me will clearly be read by the media as a vote for legalizing and taxing marijuana in New York.
Donald Silberger, a long-time activist in the New York Libertarian Party, responded to Kristin Davis' statement by saying:
This woman richly deserves our backing. She's libertarian to the core, and she's canny about how to entice potential voters. Posit yourself publicly as a referendum-in-the-flesh! Yes! Way to go, Kristin Davis!
Kristin Davis obtained the Libertarian Party's nomination for Comptroller at the New York City Nominating Convention held on April 9, 2013 at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, New York.