Cynthia Nixon Vows to Legalize Weed in New York if She Wins Governorship

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon
New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon
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Let me find out that Cynthia Nixon is serious as a heart attack when it comes to moving into that New York governor’s mansion in 2019.


As reported earlier by The Root, the actress and longtime public schools activist recently hired kick-ass consultant L. Joy Williams to advise her campaign, and now she’s taking her progressive marijuana platform to the people, calling recreational legalization of the sticky icky in New York a “racial-justice issue.”

That’s right: According to the New York Daily News, Miranda—er, Nixon— doubled down on her support of legalizing marijuana in the state and said that she would prioritize neighborhoods of color in getting the licenses to sell it when it happens.

“If you are black or Latino, you are 10 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than if you are white. And that’s not right,” she said to cheers at a pro-legalization Cannabis Parade in New York City’s Union Square on Saturday. “It will follow you for the rest of your life, that arrest, and it will make it harder for you to get a job, and it will make it harder for you to get a place to live.”

Medical marijuana has been legal in New York since 2016, but the state’s laws regarding recreational use fall woefully behind others in the nation, although New York City is apparently the smokingest, tokingest place in the whole entire world.


Nixon’s opponent for the governor’s race, current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has, in recent weeks, softened his stance on marijuana legalization, many believe in response to Nixon’s position that current marijuana laws unfairly target and incarcerate people of color.

“It’s really important for New York to be a progressive leader again,” the former Sex and the City star said.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.


Rebel Queen

How Is there even a debate about these laws being racist? Weed is effectively legal for white people almost everywhere in the US. Shit, plenty of us go though TSA with it.