Bloomberg: Pot legalization is stupid

Bloomberg: Pot legalization is stupid

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Billionaire pledges to eliminate Morehouse College graduating class's student debt Overnight Energy: Trump moves forward with rule on California drilling | House panel advances bill that resumes participation in Paris climate fund | Perry pressed on 'environmental justice' | 2020 Dem proposes climate corps MORE slammed the legalization of pot during a trip to Colorado this weekend, calling it "one of the stupider things" happening in the United States. 

The socially liberal former mayor, who has admitted to consuming marijuana decades ago, argued that states that move to legalize the plant for recreational and medical purposes are risking children's intelligence. 

"What are we going to say in 10 years when we see all these kids whose IQs are five and 10 points lower than they would have been?” Bloomberg said Friday night at the Aspen Institute, according to The Aspen Times.

“I couldn’t feel more strongly about it," Bloomberg added. "This is one of the stupider things that’s happening across our country.” 

Bloomberg, 72, said that marijuana is different from alcohol, and argued that today's strains of the drug are more potent and potentially more dangerous than those from the 1960s when he smoked a joint, according to reports from The Associated Press and Aspen Daily News

Another left-leaning political figure, Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' 2020 hopeful Hickenlooper swipes at Dems on security, says Trump 'fueling national crisis of division' Inslee gives public option first test in Washington state MORE (D), has said he thought the state's legalization was a bad idea.

Colorado and Washington state voters in 2012 were the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot for adults 21 and older, joined in November by voters in Alaska and Oregon. Congress has so far blocked the decision by Washington, D.C., voters to legalize the drug for recreational purposes.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, which Bloomberg has also criticized. In 2013, Bloomberg described medical marijuana as "one of the greatest hoaxes of all time."