In a recent video she posted, Nixon explained: "I believe it is time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C., and legalize recreational marijuana". She is challenging current NY governor Andrew Cuomo - who is running for a third term - for the Democratic party nomination.
"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.
New York's Democratic Primary is in September.
The endorsement, along with party's backing New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor, offers an intriguing dynamic going into the fall.
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The two Cuomo-friendly unions - SEIU Local 32 BJ and Communications Workers of American Local 1 - pulled out of the WFP Friday because they said the party's leadership strayed from its original mission.
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He narrowly won the party's nod in 2014 over primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, and he faced the prospect of losing to Nixon on Saturday. Though technically a separate party, it tends to endorse and support progressive candidates from the major parties. Cuomo's camp used the union retreat as an excuse for not seeking the third-party line.
Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer said the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched".
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She cited his efforts to move NY toward a $15 an hour minimum wage, adopt same-sex marriage, enact paid family leave and achieve a record $27 billion in funding for education.
Cuomo has held a large lead against Nixon in recent polls.
"In a meeting earlier this week, the Governor was threatening people", Lipton said in a statement Friday. The issue is one of the biggest differences between herself and her Democratic opponent incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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