Marijuana Legalization Key In Jacobs’ Platform
Mayoral Candidate Pushing For ‘Social Change’
NEW ORLEANS — Independent candidate Jerry Jacobs says social change is the cornerstone of his political platform, and he’s pushing the legalization of marijuana.
Jacobs said legalizing marijuana will do for the city of New Orleans what ending Prohibition did for the country in 1933.
Jacobs said it put the gangsters and bootleggers out of business and increased sales tax revenue.
There have been laws on the books against marijuana or cannabis in the United States since the early 1900s, making it a crime to use or sell it.
In the first major debate of the campaign, Jacobs cited crime as his top priority. But he doesn’t think using marijuana should be considered a crime.
He wants to legalize the sale of the drug as a way to fight two big problems in the city, including crime.
“Suddenly a tremendous amount of the crime would be out of the city.You’d have many of the drug lords dropping out because of nothing to fight over,” Jacobs said.
And the other big problem Jacobs said it would help solve is the city’s budget crisis.
“A third of that would go to taxes — local, state and federal,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs is a native New Orleanian who said his family has been in the city as far back as the mid-1880s. He graduated from Newman School, attended Tulane University, did a stint in the Coast Guard, and then returned home to go into the insurance business.
Jacobs said he knows he’s a longshot in the mayor’s race, but he’s using his candidacy to promote social change.
And despite his platform, Jacobs said, “I don’t drink and I don’t smoke.”
He’s critical of other candidates in the mayoral race who want to solve the city’s crime and budget problems but don’t offer specific solutions.
“This is the only specific that anyone has the guts to stand up and say, ‘Why not?'” Jacobs said.
Jacobs claims that some high-ranking New Orleans police officers agree with his proposal to legalize marijuana, but he would not identify those officers.
Independent Says He Has ‘Common-Sense’ Approach To Mayor’s Office
NEW ORLEANS — Independent candidate Manny “Chevrolet” Bruno says he’s focusing his mayoral campaign on eliminating corruption in City Hall.
This is third attempt by Bruno to win the race for mayor of New Orleans.
Bruno is a day laborer who calls himself a common man with a common-sense plan for the city.
“The city, I feel, has become so divided in everything,” Bruno said. “And I really honestly believe this — it’s not a black thing or a white thing. It’s a ‘do the right thing’ for the city of New Orleans.”
And the right thing, according to Bruno, is to start over. Bruno said he wants to manage all city departments himself in an effort to root out corruption.
“Almost kind of like a dictatorship in a way, where you know just for awhile we will take total control,” he said. “I would take total control and filter out the crime, corruption and the good old boy system that’s been haunting this city forever, just do away with it.”
Bruno is also one of two candidates who want to legalize marijuana. He said he knows his views are radical, and he’s been known to make people laugh from time to time on the campaign trail. But he’s quick to point out that his candidacy is not a joke.
“These are real issues. I am a real candidate and I’m really serious,” he said. “I’m very serious about this.”
Bruno said he’s so serious about the job of mayor that he’s willing to do it for one-fourth of what the job pays, which would mean that instead of taking the $140,000 annual salary, Bruno would get just $35,000 a year.
The last time Bruno ran for mayor in 2006 he received 100 votes.