I am just wondering if the edible pot to be marketed in 18 months in New York State under Governor Andrew Cuomo's medical marijuana law shall hit the streets of the Briarwood bodega before or after its official debut?
Obviously, to any sane person, edible pot will be just another drug in the pusher pharmacopoeia - a sweet treat along with the plethora of other addictive drugs presently retailed - despite any stringent regulations.
Just imagine the criminal mischief such a sweet treat will inspire around Halloween if THC-laced candies or brownies are dropped in children's pumpkins?
It should also be pointed out that acute use of marijuana impairs the ability to perform complex psychomotor functions - such as driving - requiring attention and mental coordination.
Driving while intoxicated with marijuana is more dangerous than drunk driving, since one may deceptively feel capable of driving yet impaired in motor functions for four to eight hours beyond the time of subjective effects of the drug.
A study of motor vehicle accident trauma patients showed that marijuana was detected in 35 percent of subjects, while alcohol was present in 33 percent of subjects.
But out of deference to Cuomo, I propose that edible pot be nicknamed "Cuomo dolci."
Joseph N. Manago