Cynthia Nixon wants to legalize recreational marijuana

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Nixon, a former star of "Sex and the City", said NY should join nine other states in legalizing and taxing marijuana not only to decriminalize it but also to generate state revenue.

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

She also criticized the lack of "political courage coming out of Albany" for not having already legalizing marijuana in NY.

I believe it's time for NY to follow the lead of 8 other states and DC and legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Cynthia Nixon announced her plans to run for governor in March, modeling her campaign largely around fixing the inadequacies of current Governor Andrew Cuomo. A number of New York's neighbors, including MA and Vermont, have legalized marijuana in recent months. Lawmakers supporting legalization say the potential tax revenue stream is considerable since it's estimated that New Yorkers spend $3 billion a year on marijuana.

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

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She added that marijuana has been essentially legal for white people and should therefore be legalized for all other individuals. "Isn't it time we legalize it for everybody else?"

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

In the video, Nixon said, "I want to say thank you to Rakim and to Eric B. for inviting me here tonight, and I know, I know that Eric B.is president", she remarked amid cheers and applause. 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.

In a recent interview with the NY Times, she confirms her absolute support of this legalisation; "It's a money maker".

Neither the mayor's office nor a campaign spokesman for the governor immediately responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

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

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