Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Boehner does dramatic about-face on the legalization of marijuana

Boehner does dramatic about-face on the legalization of marijuana

On Wednesday, Cynthia Nixon released a video stating that legalizing marijuana is one of her campaign issues as she runs for governor of NY. Boehner, along with Weld issued a joint statement Wednesday, saying the time has come for changes at the federal level.

The move is a stark reversal for the former speaker, who in 2011 wrote a constituent that he was "unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug", adding that "I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol". Nixon has already been a champion of the Democratic party, an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and a public education activist, and her latest stand is yet another one we can get behind in calling out drug criminalization that disproportionately affects people of color.

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Nixon claims marijuana has been effectively legalized for white people, but not for people of color. "Isn't it time we legalize it for everybody else?" He denies that NY is behind other states.

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Cuomo, after an event on Long Island, responded to the announcement.

"I believe it's time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and DC, and legalize recreational marijuana", Nixon said in the video". "You don't need a study to figure out our marijuana laws are disproportionately putting people of color in jail", she shot back on her Twitter account.

NY already has a limited medical marijuana program.

Back in NY, the Nixon candidacy is clearly putting more pressure on Cuomo - and represents much more of an insurgent phenomenon than Jersey's Murphy. New York City's former City Council speaker Christine Quinn last week dissed Nixon as an "unqualified lesbian" - a faux pas that completely backfired on her. Quinn (herself a lesbian) was forced to apologize in the subsequent outrage, while Nixon's campaign seized on the comments, and started selling "Unqualified Lesbian" T-shirts.

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