Marijuana was officially decriminalized in New York State in a new law that was green-lighted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month.
The law downgrades the criminal penalty for the unlawful possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a fine and removes criminal penalties for possession of less than two ounces. Those with past marijuana convictions can also go through a process to remove them from their record.
Last month, Gov. Cuomo commented on the new legislation, stating:
“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. 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.”