Marijuana Decriminalization Signed Into Law In New York

Written by Alyssa Brook July 29, 2019
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Marijuana Decriminalization Signed Into Law In New York

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the state. The new law will also be able to expunge the records of some people who have been convicted on cannabis charges.

“Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

“By providing individuals who have suffered the consequences of an unfair marijuana conviction with a path to have their records expunged and by reducing draconian penalties, we are taking a critical step forward in addressing a broken and discriminatory criminal justice process.”

According to PIX 11, the new legislation means that the penalty for possessing weed will be reduced to a fine or no punishment for having 2 ounces or less.

People who were in possession of small amounts of Cannabis will be able to have their records expunged.

The law is scheduled to go into effect in 30 days.

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