(ReliableNews.org) – On May 1, a giant inflatable ‘joint’ was held high above the heads of marchers in New York City during a celebratory parade after recreational marijuana became legal in the state. As they marched, they even heard a speech from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The parade was reportedly allowed by city officials, but apparently, veterans aren’t being allowed to hold their own parade.
‘It’s Pathetic’: NYC Veterans Furious At De Blasio For Blocking Memorial Day Parade After Permitting Cannabis Parade "… for the city to put dopeheads over vets is just dishonoring us." https://t.co/H2PAH4SvWW
— Mike Riddle (@MikeLongCounty) May 10, 2021
In February, the United Staten Island Veterans Organization filed for a parade permit for Staten Island’s 102nd annual Memorial Day event this year, but Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) administration refused to issue it. Jamie Gonzalez, 57, told the New York Post that City Hall’s refusal is a “slap in the face.”
The veterans’ group is now threatening to sue if the city doesn’t allow it to hold the event. Attorney Brendan Lantry sent the NYPD a letter demanding they issue a permit, citing the double standard created when the pot-smokers were allowed to hold their event. The city has not yet issued a comment.
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