At a private fundraiser last week, Cynthia Nixon told her supporters that she is in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York. She believes that the state would greatly benefit from the taxes on legal weed. Nixon is running for governor against incumbent Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo, who has long opposed legalizing recreational marijuana.
Medical cannabis became legal in New York in 2014. It was the 23rd state to pass legalization legislation. New York’s cannabis laws were initially fairly restrictive due to concerns that the availability of medicinal cannabis could fuel illegal drug use. In 2017, the state allowed for additional forms of cannabis to be purchased, such as ointments, lotions and patches. By late 2017, there were over 1,000 registered practitioners and nearly 39,000 certified patients participating in New York’s medical marijuana program.
Recent studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine reveal that patients who would otherwise use opioid drugs to treat their conditions are most likely to use cannabis instead in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Presumably, this is due to patients having a much easier time obtaining the herb. Given the current medical marijuana restrictions, full legalization in New York seems likely to provide patients there with better access to cannabis.
Like Cuomo, Nixon is a Democrat. She is also an actress who has performed roles such as Miranda Hobbes on “Sex and the City” and Kade Prurnell on “Hannibal”.
“There’s such an appetite for real progressive change in New York state,” Nixon said during an interview on “The Wendy Williams Show”. “I’m absolutely for the legalization of marijuana. Let’s capture some of that revenue.”