A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing
recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based,
Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday that
it's now foremost a racial justice issue for her.
The "Sex and the City" star posted a 90-second video on YouTube in
which she stated that it's time New York joined eight other states and
the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
"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," Nixon said.
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday called for the creation of a state
panel to advise him on whether New York should legalize recreational
Cuomo did not specifically embrace a legalization effort, and said the
advisory group, which will include State Police representation, is
meant to get to the "facts" of the issue.
"I think we should fund (Department of Health) to do a study, let them
work with the State Police, other agencies, look at the health impact,
the economic impact, the state of the law. If it was legalized in
Jersey and it was legal in Massachusetts and the federal government
allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to New York because it's
right in the middle?" Cuomo said.
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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the
State Capitol's hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana.
Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for
governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana
sales represent the best way to address the state's massive
infrastructure and mass transit needs.
"I'm saying raising taxes is not the solution," he said during a
Monday press conference on Niagara Street. "My job would be to
convince the Legislature that this is the most appropriate way to deal
with this particular problem of infrastructure."
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The five medical marijuana companies in New York have filed a lawsuit
to block new cannabis businesses, claiming the growth threatens to
kill the fledgling industry that has struggled to sell the drug to
critically ill patients.
The lawsuit seeks to stop the state Department of Health from allowing
five new companies to grow and sell medical marijuana in New York. The
companies in the legal fight include Vireo Health and Etain, which are
selling cannabis-based drugs at dispensaries in downtown White Plains
and Yonkers, The Journal News/lohud has learned from court records.
There is also a dispensary in Kingston, Ulster County.
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