Cynthia Nixon: Legalizing Marijuana is a Racial Justice Issue

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In two interviews in early April 2018, Nixon mentioned supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana for revenue reasons. Cuomo has been dubious about legalizing cannabis beyond limited medical use of non-smokable forms. By Chris Carola ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based, Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday, April 11, 2018, that it’s foremost a racial justice issue for her. Bills to legalize recreational cannabis use have stalled in New York’s Legislature, where Democrats control the Assembly, and yearslong Republican control of the Senate is likely to shift to Democrats this year. Nixon added that legalizing pot use for non-medical reasons would end “a key front in the racist war on drugs” and generate hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue for the state through legal marijuana sales.

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By Chris Carola

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based, Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday, April 11, 2018, that it’s foremost a racial justice issue for her.

The “Sex and the City” star posted a 90-second video on YouTube in which she stated that it’s time New York joined eight other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

“There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: we have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” Nixon said.

The actress, who turned 52 on Monday, went on to say that 80 percent of the New Yorkers arrested for marijuana are black or Latino. Nixon added that legalizing pot use for non-medical reasons would end “a key front in the racist war on drugs”...

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