Miranda rights: Cynthia Nixon wants to legalize weed in New York

And in that moment, I wondered... could weed be legal in New York?
April 4, 2018, 8:05pm

Actress turned politician Cynthia Nixon is all for legal weed.

At a recent fundraiser, the Democratic candidate for governor of New York reportedly pumped her fist and said “Yes!” when asked about recreational marijuana, people who attended the event told the New York Times. If elected, Nixon said, she will seek to legalize weed so that it could generate tax revenue for the state.

Nixon’s opponent, current Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has a long history of opposing recreational marijuana. Last year, Cuomo called marijuana a “gateway drug.” Earlier this year, however, he acknowledged the turning tide of legalization and ordered a study to start a conversation about the topic.

Though Nixon has little policy experience and scantly-outlined policy proposals, she has emerged as a more progressive alternative to Cuomo, thanks in part to her celebrity and activism. Nixon has been an outspoken advocate for equitable education in New York for a decade, and she has already pointed to New York City’s troubled subway system as a major campaign topic. She's also famous for her portrayal of Miranda on the long-running HBO series “Sex and the City” and its subsequent movie sequels.

Nixon could not be immediately reached for comment.

Cover image: Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon speaks to people at the Bethesda Healing Center in Brooklyn, New York, on March 20, 2018 at her first event since announcing that she's running for governor of New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images