And Rakim brought out Cynthia Nixon at Irving Plaza (pics, video)

12 April, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Housing advocacy group backs governor candidate Cynthia Nixon, Gov. Cuomo defends his record of creating affordable housing

Nixon announced she would be running for Governor of NY in March, hoping to challenge the incumbent Andrew Cuomo. "I know that Eric B.is president, but I'm here 'cause I want to be governor of NY state", the actress told the crowd.

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.

Nixon said during an interview on Wendy Williams' nationally syndicated TV talk show that marijuana should be legalized to "capture some of that revenue" but she didn't mention race as a reason to legalize it. Today, she tweeted about her stance on another issue, saying that recreational marijuana use should be legalized in the state of NY.

-These arrests can dog people forever, leading to job and housing difficulty, and even deportation for noncitizens.

"If there was more political courage coming out of Albany, we would have done this already", Nixon added in the video.

A group advocating the decriminalization of pot in NY supports Nixon's contention that there's a stark disparity in the number of whites busted for marijuana crimes, compared to minorities.

The New York Times first reported on Nixon's willingness to legalize the plant earlier this month, based on comments she'd made at a private fundraiser. A number of New York's neighbors, including MA and Vermont, have legalized marijuana in recent months. Federal legalization could also inject up to $130 billion into U.S. tax coffers by 2025. "You have MA, you have New Jersey talking about it - that would be a fundamentally different situation for the state of NY".

Later in the video, she went so far as to say that "for white people the use of marijuana has effectively been legal for a long time".

Citizen Action announced its support for Nixon Tuesday. While that store is specifically for medical marijuana - which is allowed in a restricted fashion under New York's law - the company hopes to pivot to a retail business if New York's legislature legalizes the plant.

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