New York Officially Decriminalized Marijuana
Nobody should be caged for cannabis. New York took a huge step in that direction today.
The legislation signed today goes into effect in 30 days from Monday. It reduces the penalty for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine for possession of any amount of marijuana under two ounces. The penalty is now $50 for possessing less than an ounce of weed, or a maximum of $200 for one to two ounces.
There will also be a process for people who have been convicted for possessing small amounts of marijuana to have their records expunged.
New York lawmakers considered legalizing marijuana for recreational use this year, but that legislation stalled.
Hawaii became the 26th state to legalize or decriminalize the drug earlier this month. Hopefully other states will follow.