When Cynthia Nixon announced she was throwing her hat in the ring to be the next governor of NY, many brushed the Sex in the City star's political ambitions aside and blamed Donald Trump for encouraging unqualified candidates to run for office.
Nixon first endorsed marijuana legalization at a private dinner last week before making the stance official in a video her campaign released on Wednesday.
While Nixon has spoken out about recreational legalization in NY before, this discussion on how it correlates to the issue of racial inequality is particularly refreshing and needed. "Isn't it time we legalize it for everybody else?"
NY has a medical marijuana program and has decriminalized small amounts of pot, but racial disparities in punishment remain even though white people and people of color use the drug at similar rates.
She also lists some compelling and gripping stats, including that black or Latino New Yorkers, make up 80 percent of those arrested for cannabis, stating: "despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates". Yet black people in NY are arrested or detained for marijuana 4.5 times more than white people, according to a report by the ACLU. NY state does have a medical marijuana program, though it is extremely restrictive.
Nixon launched a primary challenge against Gov.