Cynthia Nixon Discusses Stance On Pot Legalization In New York

By Kelly Burch 04/06/18
"I’m absolutely for the legalization of marijuana. Let’s capture some of that revenue."
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Former Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon, who is running for governor of New York, said that she would “absolutely" support the legalization of marijuana in The Empire State. 

“There’s such an appetite for real progressive change in New York State,” Nixon said during a 13-minute appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, according to The New York Post. “I’m absolutely for the legalization of marijuana. Let’s capture some of that revenue.”

The show, which aired on Wednesday, wasn’t the first time that Nixon had expressed her support for marijuana legalization. At a campaign fundraiser earlier in the week, Nixon reportedly told supporters that she is in favor of taxing marijuana in order to raise more funds for the state. 

“She said that if marijuana is legal, we can tax it and make a lot of money from that,” Julie Klam, an author who attended the event, told The New York Times

Another attendee, Dan Davenport, said that when Nixon was asked about legalizing marijuana, she “pumped her fist and said yes.”

“She was very exuberant about that point,” he said, noting she emphasized the revenue potential from legalizing marijuana. 

New York currently has a medical marijuana program. Incumbent Republican Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been opposed to marijuana legalization in the past, but earlier this year he proposed a study of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. 

“Marijuana—things are happening,” Cuomo said, outlining a study that would examine the criminal justice effects of legalization as well as how New York is being affected by legalization in neighboring states. 

“New Jersey may legalize marijuana. Massachusetts already has. On the other hand, Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions says he’s going to end marijuana in every state. So you have the whole confluence of different information,” he said during his presentation to the Legislature. “I think we should fund [the Department of Health] to do a study. Let them work with state police and other agencies. Look at the health impact and economic impact.”

Cuomo did not share his own stance on marijuana, but emphasized that the state must consider the issue, especially in light of other states legalizing recreational pot. 

“If it was legalized in Jersey and it was legal in Massachusetts and the federal government allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to New York, because it’s right in the middle? This is an important topic, it’s a hotly debated topic, pardon the pun, and it’d be nice to have the facts in the middle of the debate once in a while,” Cuomo said. 

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