New York Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties, Allows for Expungements
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill into law that reduces the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, while also allowing for the expungement of some past offenses.
The law which takes effect within 30 days changes an unlawful possession of marijuana statute into a violation thats similar to a traffic ticket, instead of a criminal charge, reports the Associated Press. Under the new law, the maximum penalty is $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot and a maximum of $200 for between one and two ounces. The law also requires that records tied to low-level marijuana cases be automatically sealed and creates a process for expungement.
Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by-laws governing marijuana for far to....
New York Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization And Expungements Bill
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo D signed a bill on Monday further decriminalizing marijuana possession and enabling those with prior cannabis convictions to have their records expunged.
The law, which takes effect in 30 days, will make it so that possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is punishable by a $50-$200 fine with no jail time. Cuomo said the states existing cannabis policy has disproportionately impacted communities of color and, with the signing of the legislation, we are ending this injustice once and for all.
By providing individuals who have suffered the cons....
Chronicle AM: Cuomo Signs NY Pot Decriminalization Bill, UK MPs See Legal Pot Within Five Years, More...
Andrew Cuomo D couldn`t get legalization through the legislature, but he has now signed a decrim bill. (image:Creative Commons)
New York`s governor signs a bill deepening pot decriminalization, a new congressional bill would let students with pot convictions get access to federal aid--if they complete drug treatment--and more.
Andrew Cuomo D couldn`t get legalization through the legislature, but he has now signed a decrim bill. Creative Commons
New Bill Would Let Some Students with Pot Convictions Access Federal AidIf They Complete Drug Treatment. Led by Reps. Bill Foster D-IL and Gwen Moore D-WI, a group of Democratic lawmakers filed a bill Friday that would protect college st....
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