Cynthia Nixon backs marijuana legalisation in NY

12 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Left-wing activist endorses Cynthia Nixon over Cuomo

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

New York Communities For Change, a housing advocacy group, says they are backing candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon. On The Wendy Williams Show, Nixon said: "There's such an appetite for real progressive change in NY state, I'm absolutely for the legalization of marijuana".

-Taxes from marijuana would generation millions for citizens, give new opportunities for farmers, and boost agriculture and create jobs in general.

She added: "If there was more political courage coming out of Albany, we would have done this already".

Cuomo now opposes full marijuana legalization, but NY state committed $10 million in grant funding to the Industrial Hemp Research Initiative in 2017, in order to encourage hemp production in the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, helped NY legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014. A number of New York's neighbors, including MA and Vermont, have legalized marijuana in recent months.

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

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This was not the first time Nixon has spoken about legalization.

Nixon said people of color are arrested at high rates for using marijuana, something white people do "with impunity".

The actor, who turned 52 on Monday, then goes on to say 80 percent of the New Yorkers arrested for marijuana are black or Latino.

Cuomo has been dubious about legalizing pot beyond limited medical use of non-smokeable forms.

Marijuana companies are already moving into NY, taking advantage of what they see as momentum in the industry.

"A lot of you have been asking about my position on marijuana so here it is", she said in the video. De Blasio has expressed support for the recently announced study.

"I think we're actually ahead on it", he maintained.

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