Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” star who is mounting a progressive challenge to New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming state election, wants to legalize marijuana in New York.
“I believe its time for New York to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C. and legalize recreational marijuana,” Nixon said in a video she posted to her Twitter account, adding, “we have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity.”
Nixon went on to say that 80% of people arrested for consuming marijuana in New York state are black and Latino, although white New Yorkers use marijuana at roughly the same rates. State-wide data suggests the disparity is even a bit larger than Nixon described: 86% of marijuana arrests were of black and Latino residents in 2017, while