Cynthia Nixon spoke at the 2018 NYC Cannabis Parade.
Nixon is running for governor of New York and, after officially jumping into the race in March 2018, she announced her support for cannabis.
“Cannabis is the crown jewel in the racist war on drugs, and we must pluck it down,” she urged to the crowd. “We must expunge people’s records, we must get them out of prison. And when I’m governor, and when we legalize cannabis here, we will be sure to prioritize those communities of color, for the licenses to sell cannabis.”
Nixon would be New York’s first female and first LGBTQ+ governor. She’d also be the first governor with an Emmy, Grammy and a Tony. And cannabis legalization has become the centerpiece of her campaign.
“There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail, for something that white people do with impunity,” she stated in a video detailing her platform on pot. “80% of the New Yorkers who are arrested for marijuana are Black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates.”