Major New York progressive group endorses Cynthia Nixon

Trail council is advancing the process for retail sales of recreational-use marijuana in the city

New York's Independence Party, which also has its own ballot line and endorsed Cuomo in 2010 and 2014, has already said they will back the governor again this year.

The former "Sex and the City" star received more than 90 percent of party members' votes at their annual committee meeting.

Former Sex and the City star and current Democratic candidate for NY governor Cynthia Nixon has embraced marijuana legalization, and now she's hoping cannabis fans will support her campaign.

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Nixon is running to unseat New York's current governor, Andrew Cuomo, who recently proposed a study to find out the impact of legalizing marijuana in the state.

"There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", she said via a video she released on social media.

A poll from mid-March shows Cuomo leading Nixon by 47 points in the primary in the deep-blue state. It's possible that pressure from progressives and people like Nixon are convincing him to possibly evolve on the issue. She has been openly critical of Cuomo, who she has characterized as a "centrist and Albany insider". That didn't work, however, and large local chapters of the SEIU and Communications Workers of America both left the WFP on Friday as a result, though they were not the first unions to split from the party since it nearly endorsed Cuomo's last left-liberal challenger, Zephyr Teachout, in 2014.

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