Recreational marijuana should be legalized in New York, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday, calling it a social justice issue and a “key front in the racist war on drugs.”
Nixon, a former star of “Sex and the City,” said New York should join nine other states in legalizing and taxing marijuana not only to decriminalize it but also to generate state revenue. Her view distinguishes her from the Democrat she’s trying to unseat, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
“There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana. But for me it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” Nixon said.
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She added: “If there was more political courage coming out of Albany, we would have done this already. The simple truth is, for white people, the use of marijuana has effectively