Gov. DeSantis says New York ‘reeks of marijuana,’ mocks medical cannabis for ‘back injuries’

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'Do you want to walk down the street here and smell it? Do you want to not be able to take your family out to dinner?'

Florida’s Governor is again weighing in on a constitutional amendment that could allow for recreational cannabis.

He thinks it stinks. Literally. And Ron DeSantis is using pungent results in other states to prove his point about the the Adult Personal Use of Marijuana citizen initiative, which could expand the current retail model beyond medical necessity, allowing visitors to the state and residents without qualifying conditions access to the product.

“Look what’s happened in Denver, Colorado. Look what’s happened in Los Angeles, New York City. You know, I’ve talked to people that have moved from New York and they’re like, they used to have, you know, an apartment somewhere and it used to (smell differently). Now, what does it reek of? It reeks of marijuana. I don’t want the state to be reeking of marijuana,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis has said he opposes legalization for a variety of reasons, including saying while on the campaign trail last year during his presidential campaign that today’s product is “too potent” and that dealers can “throw fentanyl in.”

“What I don’t like about it is if you go to some of these places that have done it, the stench when you’re out there, I mean, it smells so putrid,” he told reporters in 2022.

“If you look at some of the stuff that’s now coming down, there’s a lot of really bad things in it. It’s not necessarily what you would’ve had 30 years ago when someone’s in college and they’re doing something. You have some really, really bad stuff in there, so I think having the ability to identify that, I think, that’s safety, and quite frankly when you get into some of that stuff, it’s not medicinal at that point for sure,” DeSantis said, in response to a reporter’s question in 2021.

In addition to the olfactory uh-oh, DeSantis also again suggested that certain medical patients don’t legitimately have qualifying conditions during remarks Tuesday.

“I mean, you know, they have these back ailments and like I’m not saying none of them are legit, but some of them clearly they’re doing it to get the card. Like we know that some of this goes on and yet why would we want to have more? Do you want to walk down the street here and smell it? Do you want to not be able to take your family out to dinner?”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 30, 2024 at 1:40 pm

    Rhonda must be spending too much time with The Donaldzzzzzzzzzz if he thinks weed is what New York smells like.

    Also, there he goes again, Dr Rhonda knows all of everything in the medical field despite an Ivy League law degree and a history of failed legislation being overturned and overturned and overturned despite legislation being their Ivy League paperwork declaring law as their area of expertise.

    Rhonda doesn’t even know law despite a law degree. What in TF makes the little guy think he knows medicine?

    Is there an official term for whatever the opposite of Imposter’s Syndrome is? Oh, yes, I think there is! It’s “Republican,” isn’t it? Entirely unqualified dipsticks claim they’re experts in everything and maybe even believe it? Yep. That’s Republicans!

    • Hick Hopes

      May 3, 2024 at 1:54 pm

      Because Trump smells like urine and feces and Rhonda has become nose blind to those smells, leaving only weed as detectable by Rhonda’s brown nose

  • PeterH

    April 30, 2024 at 1:47 pm

    Banned or not banned ….marijuana is already present EVERYWHERE in Florida….St. Pete, Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa! You can smell it near restaurants, on the beach and on walks through neighborhoods. Odd but when I ski in Colorado or visit Denver or Amsterdam I don’t smell marijuana. Not everyone is smoking! Some yes! But not everyone!

    • rick whitaker

      May 1, 2024 at 9:27 pm

      PETERH, the thing i find most concerning about florida is the low quality of their pot.

  • KathrynA

    April 30, 2024 at 2:36 pm

    I’m not a big fan of anything that affects one’s thinking, but guess he hasn’t been out and about in Florida as one can smell weed about anywhere and his sheriffs can probably attest to the fact that it is widely used here too–not just New York, the state he likes to blame for everything.

    • Alan

      April 30, 2024 at 4:22 pm

      Go to a car wash and smell the open doors of cars getting vacuumed. You can get high. Smells like sh–!

      • MH/Duuuval

        May 1, 2024 at 6:12 pm

        Are you are pro just doing your job, or just sniff for cheap thrills?

      • Cod

        May 7, 2024 at 3:52 pm

        It’s the truth. Most of those people have kids with them too and I’m thinking you are forcing your kids to get high because you smoke out in your car. How is that not child abuse. Been to Amsterdam, lived there for months, and the reason you don’t smell it in the streets is because they seriously police it. There are designated spaces and if you violate that you are going down. They don’t play. And have a zero tolerance policy for other drugs. People understand that there. They don’t stumble around in a stupor and dump on everyone else. Case in point you will NOT see litter in Amsterdam and if you do it’s from ignorant tourists and there are stiff penalties. There is civic pride and a lot of enforcement. I don’t see that working out here. Too many people are uneducated, immature, selfish, and irresponsible.

  • Tjb

    April 30, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    Perhaps Ron should burn one. It may help to take the stick out of his ass and make him more compassionate.

    • rick whitaker

      April 30, 2024 at 7:08 pm

      TJB, he needs to burn 4 or 5

  • Kim deSantis

    April 30, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    What an idiot!

  • Julio Rodríguez

    April 30, 2024 at 6:02 pm

    Little Ronnie D if you don’t like scent, please don’t visit Ybor City. Thanks

  • K Simms

    April 30, 2024 at 6:43 pm

    Really?? I have been to Seattle Washington and spent a lot of time there and everyone sits outside to dine around the water, and never did I smell pot!! Just 🐠 Lol!! We live in Florida there is plenty of wind from the waters to keep our air moving. This is just his way of getting money from prescription marijuana for his own pocket. Follow the money, I’ll bet you see his name!

  • Joey D

    May 1, 2024 at 9:22 am

    Id take the smell of weed over Florida Swamp ANYDAY!


    May 1, 2024 at 11:26 am

    perhpas RON is just smellig his upper lip..

  • rick whitaker

    May 1, 2024 at 11:30 am

    JEAN, his upper lip is encrusted with the essence of thump.

  • Jojo

    May 2, 2024 at 7:30 am

    Is this another one of those “ I saw people pooping in the streets” in San Francisco verbal idiocies coming from our governor?
    The man is a moron

  • Rude Eye

    May 2, 2024 at 4:56 pm

    Maybe if Ronny smokes some it will stop his head from bobbling.

  • Everybody Poops

    May 3, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    Poops smell bad, but everybody poops.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    May 6, 2024 at 10:26 am

    Wonder if Ron DeSantis has ever been walking down the hot sidewalk when his very own SUV motorcade drives by?

    I’d rather smell weed coming from a Ford Fiesta than inhale exhaust from any SUV, and Ron runs around in a motorcade of SUVs. He got so many SUVs to make him feel like a big guy that they crash into each other, unable to avoid so many SUVs!

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