Cynthia Nixon, who is running to unseat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, laid out the common sense case for legalizing marijuana in a video released on Wednesday.
“We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” Nixon said, going on to make the economic case for regulating and taxing the weed industry. “In 2018, in a blue state like New York, marijuana shouldn’t even be an issue.”
The campaign video—which come after the actress publicly said she supported legalization earlier this month—puts Nixon ahead of both New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Cuomo on the issue. The mayor recently said, “I’m not there yet” on legalizing weed for recreational use while Cuomo tried pitching an alternate history, telling reporters today the state is “actually ahead on” legal weed, pointing to a study he had commissioned to look into legalization.
The word Cuomo should’ve been looking for was “behind,” given that nine states and DC have already legalized weed. Nixon quickly shot back on Twitter, saying, “You don’t need a study to figure out our marijuana laws are disproportionately putting people of color in jail.”
These next six months are probably looking longer and longer for one Andrew Cuomo.