NY Gubernatorial Candidate Ignites Outrage

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.

What we know:

  • 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.

  • The comments came under fire from some community leaders.  The comments were viewed as insensitive.
     Nixon was blasted by civil rights leaders and groups alike for her ignorance, including Rev. Al Sharpton & the Black Lives Matter of Greater NY.  The groups have caled on Nixon to apologize.
  • A Nixon spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

More at the NY Daily News.