NY gubernatorial hopeful suggests using marijuana as ‘form of reparations’ in black neighborhoods

NY gubernatorial hopeful suggests using marijuana as ‘form of reparations’ in black neighborhoods
Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon (Images: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – There’s some thinking outside the box]

Cynthia Nixon took heat Monday from black leaders over her comments that creating a legalized pot industry in New York could serve as a form of reparations in black communities.

Nixon on Saturday told Forbes magazine “now that cannabis is exploding as an industry, we have to make sure that those communities that have been harmed and devastated by marijuana arrests get the first shot at this industry.”

“We [must] prioritize them in terms of licenses. It’s a form of reparations.”

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The comments came under fire from some community leaders.

“I’m for legalizing marijuana and I like Cynthia Nixon but putting pot shops in our communities is not reparations,” the Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted. “Health care, education !!”

Manhattan Democratic Party Chairman Keith Wright, a former long-time state assemblyman from Harlem, said Nixon’s comment “is ill-informed, lacks understanding of the greatest crime in history, and should cease and desist.”

“Reparations is a repayment for the free labor that built this country,” said Wright, a former state Democratic party chairman under Gov. Cuomo.

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