Cynthia Nixon Puts Legalizing Marijuana Front and Center of Campaign

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Cuomo dismissed the idea that New York was falling behind the eight other states that had legalized recreational marijuana use. In a Siena College poll last month, 66 percent of Democratic voters said they would support Mr. Mr. Nixon’s selection of legalization as her first policy issue and her emphasis on racial inequities in marijuana arrests reflected her recognition of Mr. But he has been reluctant to embrace full recreational legalization, a move that 62 percent of registered New York voters support, according to a November 2017 survey by Emerson College.Asked about Ms.

Article PreviewCynthia Nixon framed the legalization of recreational marijuana as a racial issue, saying that minorities are jailed for “something that white people do with impunity.” Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday made legalizing recreational marijuana the first policy plank of her campaign for governor, framing it as a necessary step toward reducing racial inequities in the criminal justice system — and, in doing so, bringing to the forefront an issue that may help her make inroads into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s robust support among black voters.

Ms. Nixon’s stance puts her in contrast to Mr. Cuomo, whom she is challenging for the Democratic nomination. Mr. Cuomo has expressed concerns about recreational marijuana as a “gateway drug,” although in recent months, as New Yorkers have signaled their growing support for legalization, he has suggested he is willing to consider the issue.

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