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Nixon: Support for legalizing marijuana use a racial issue

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon says her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New York state is foremost based on racial justice issues.

The "Sex and the City" star posted a 90-second video on YouTube Wednesday in which she stated that people of color are being jailed "for something that white people do with impunity."

The 52-year-old actor then goes on to say 80 percent of the New Yorkers arrested for marijuana are black or Latino.

In two interviews last week, Nixon mentioned supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana because of revenue reasons. In one of the interviews she said it was a "justice issue."

The Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner entered the governor's race last month to challenge two-term incumbent Andrew Cuomo in September's Democratic primary.

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