They are the city’s new pot-smoking professionals — ganja-puffing teachers, TV execs and businessmen who go about their daily routines while under the influence, thanks to the drug’s decriminalization.
“I started realizing a lot of my family smokes weed, and they’re all very successful adults,” said “Jake,” a 29-year-old TV writer in Midtown and small-business owner who regularly tokes up.
“So I was like, ‘Hey, maybe weed’s not too bad.’
“I feel a lot more comfortable being a smoker now that it’s less enforced.”
In 2011, the NYPD busted 50,000 people for lighting up in the five boroughs. By 2015, that number had dropped by 68 percent, to just 16,000.
During the same time, recreational pot use was legalized in eight states, and a law allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes passed in New York after years of lobbying Gov. Cuomo.
A downtown Manhattan mom said she’s even cool with lighting up during play dates.
“One time, [a friend and I] smoked and then let our 4-year-olds paint my daughter’s play table with nontoxic paint . . . [Smoking pot] lets me be more creative and more in tune with my kids,” the mom said.
A Brooklyn teacher told The Post that it’s a good thing city education officials don’t randomly test school workers for the drug.
“If they did . . . they’d probably have to fire about 85 percent of their staff,” she said.
Today’s pot puffers say they’re no head cases.
“There’s a big misconception that people that smoke are burnouts and sluggish,” said “Zach,” a marketing manager at a major New York television station.
“I’ve got a spring in my step. I’m always moving. I’m very high energy,” insisted the man, who has been smoking weed for the better part of 20 years but who, along with others interviewed by The Post, didn’t want his real name used.
According to a Gallup poll conducted in August, the number of American adults using marijuana has nearly doubled in the past three years.
In 2013, 7 percent said they take hits. In 2016, that number was up to 13 percent.