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The NYPD Probably Wants You to Think That de Blasio Smokes Weed

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton holds up a bag of oregano to demonstrate what 25 grams of marijuana looks like at a news conference to announce changes to New York's marijuana policy on November 10, 2014 in New York City. The commissioner and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will start giving out tickets (and court summons) rather than arresting people for possession of 25 grams of marijuana and under. The new guidelines for officers will result in hundreds of less arrests per year, freeing up the police to focus on other crimes. It will also free those caught with the drug from having a damaging arrest record. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2014 Getty Images

At a Wednesday press conference, a reporter randomly asked Mayor de Blasio whether he and/or wife Chirlane McCray had ever smoked marijuana at Gracie Mansion. (De Blasio’s answer was “no.”) The incident now seems less random. As it turns out, the reporter was from the conservative Daily Caller and, Gawker reports, the question was likely the result of rumors being spread by members of New York’s police force, which, as you are likely aware, is not currently on the best terms with the mayor. As Gawker’s J.K. Trotter notes, this doesn’t necessarily mean that de Blasio doesn’t smoke weed, or that it wouldn’t be newsworthy if he did, but it’s something to keep in mind as you chuckle over that NYU yearbook photo for the millionth time. 

NYPD Might Be Spreading de Blasio Weed Rumors