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New York Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Use

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, July 29, 2019, signed a bill that would decriminalize the use of marijuana in the state after previously proposing the decriminalization of marijuana in 2013. This bill could also expunge some people’s records who were convicted on cannabis-related charges, something criminal justice reform advocates look forward to.

“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,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The new bill would reduce unlawful marijuana possession to a misdemeanor punishable by a fine. Possession under two ounces will not be met with criminal penalties.

This bill follows recent waves of legislation that has happened in the U.S. where there is legalizing and decriminalizing of marijuana at the state level.

The bill will take effect 30 days after becoming law. The plan to legalize marijuana in New York didn’t happen when Gov. Cuomo announced the plan was being dropped from the state’s budget due to the state lawmakers needing more time to reach an agreement.

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