Monday, 23 July, 2018

Cynthia Nixon Wants To Legalize Marijuana In New York

Left-wing activist endorses Cynthia Nixon over Cuomo Modal Trigger Bertha Lewis Cynthia Nixon Christopher Sadowski AP
Michele Schwartz | 12 April, 2018, 00:59

In a video on Twitter, she said: "I believe it's time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and DC and legalise recreational marijuana. We have people, particularly African-American men, sitting in jail for something that white people do with impunity".

The 52-year-old also says that legalizing would "generate millions of dollars in tax revenue" and "create new agricultural opportunities for New York's farmers".

She also criticized the lack of "political courage coming out of Albany" for not having already legalizing marijuana in NY. Cuomo has always been opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana, and only this year opted to launch a study of how legalizing marijuana would impact NY.

Nixon also pointed out in her video that 80% of New Yorkers who are arrested for marijuana are black and Latino, although the usage rates are the same for white folks.

Currently, eight other states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use. NY permits medical marijuana for certain conditions through a program regulated by the state Department of Health.

The New York Times first reported on Nixon's willingness to legalize the plant earlier this month, based on comments she'd made at a private fundraiser.

"The simple truth is, for white people, the use of marijuana has effectively been legal for a long time", she says. "You have MA, you have New Jersey talking about it - that would be a fundamentally different situation for the state of NY". The primary reason for her position is criminal justice reform.

Cuomo has been dubious about legalizing pot beyond limited medical use of non-smokeable forms. Activists noted that the policy targets people of color and puts undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation when they are arrested for low-level offenses. De Blasio has expressed support for the recently announced study.

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