Cynthia Nixon, the Democratic candidate running to be governor of New York, is making her agenda clearer as each day passes by. Recently, she lent her full weight to the legalization of marijuana in the Big Apple.
The actress, 52, told supporters at a private fundraiser last week that she would legalize and tax marijuana if elected, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
Julie Klam, an author who attended the event, said: “[Nixon] She said that if marijuana is legal, we can tax it and make a lot of money from that.”
The event was at a house party at the Upper West Side home of Isabel Gillies, a writer, and former actress.
About 70 people attended the event, Gillies said, adding that each donated $50 to the campaign.
Nixon said that she would “legalize marijuana and put a tax on it,” Gillies added.
Current Governor Rejects Marijuana
The current Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is staunchly against the legalization of recreational marijuana.
In 2017, Cuomo called marijuana a “gateway drug,” adding: “As of this date, I am unconvinced on recreational marijuana.”
For medical marijuana, he offered a highly regulated and strict policy.
Early this year, Cuomo ordered a study of recreational marijuana as neighboring state New Jersey moved toward legalization and after Massachusetts voters, also neighbors, approved legalizing recreational marijuana.
“This is an important topic, it’s a hotly debated topic, pardon the pun, and it’d be nice to have some facts in the middle of the debate once in a while,” he said back then.