Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cynthia Nixon: Legalize recreational marijuana

Cynthia Nixon: Legalize recreational marijuana

An influential liberal organization is backing Cynthia Nixon over incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the race for NY governor.

"Ending the injustice of putting New Yorkers in prison for marijuana is a start", she said.

Gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon says she's pushing to legalize marijuana in NY to promote racial justice.

Nixon described the legalization of marijuana as a racial issue, considering black and Latinx people are regularly incarcerated for using the drug while white people have been doing it largely without repercussions for years.

I believe it's time for NY to follow the lead of 8 other states and DC and legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

"The consequences follow people for the rest of their lives, making it harder to get jobs or housing, and for noncitizens, putting them in the crosshairs of deportation", she says.

In her video, Nixon said legalizing marijuana would not only bring millions of dollars in added tax revenue to the state but also end "a key front in the racist war on drugs".

She also criticized the lack of "political courage coming out of Albany" for not having already legalizing marijuana in NY.

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Nixon advocates for a number of other progressive issues and has made fixing inequality in NY a key part of her campaign.

"A lot of you have been asking about my position on marijuana so here it is", she said in the video. Isn't it time we legalize it for everybody else?

The agenda is popular on both sides of the political spectrum: 64% percent of Americans want to see marijuana legalized, according to a recent Gallup poll.

His most recent executive budget, however, did allow for a study on the impacts of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Albany is now considering the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), a bill sponsored by Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger that would legalize, supervise and tax marijuana.

And police reform advocates have assailed de Blasio for continuing to embrace "broken windows" policing, a policing method that targets smaller crimes to stave off larger ones.

Former House Speaker John Boehner - Nixon's ideological opposite in many ways - announced on Wednesday that he is joining the board of a marijuana company.

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