Why Cynthia Nixon's pro-marijuana video matters for NY

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

While Ms. Nixon's candidacy has attracted attention across NY and the country - Ms. Nixon, an actress, is best known for starring in the television show "Sex and the City" - polls suggest that she faces a steep climb in her challenge to Mr. Cuomo, a second-term incumbent with $30 million in campaign funds.

In a short video, released through social media, Nixon explains that her position is first and foremost a matter of racial justice, and that legalization marijuana can also generate much-needed tax revenue and create new agricultural opportunities for NY.

"We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", Nixon said. In 2010, New York state had two times the national average rate of marijuana arrests, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of NY, if you haven't heard.

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Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Right now women in NY state make 89 cents for every dollar made by a man in a similar position.

"We announced months ago that we were going to study the legalization issue precisely for that reason", Cuomo told reporters Wednesday at a Long Island event.

The Associated Press reported that 2017 statistics compiled by the state showed blacks accounted for 48 percent of arrests in New York City for the lowest level of marijuana possession, while Latinos accounted for 38 percent, compared to 9 percent for whites. 80% of New Yorkers who are arrested for using marijuana are black or Latino, she writes, adding that, "The reality is that for white people, marijuana has effectively been legal for years".

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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 it's a justice issue.

For his part, de Blasio said he was a bit hesitant.

In a recent interview with the NY Times, she confirms her absolute support of this legalisation; "It's a money maker". While that store is specifically for medical marijuana - which is allowed in a restricted fashion under New York's law - the company hopes to pivot to a retail business if New York's legislature legalizes the plant.

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