New York state governor Andrew Cuomo’s desire for full legalisation of cannabis took a step closer this week as marijuana use was decriminalised.
New York has decriminalised marijuana!
It means possession of small amounts of weed – punishable by imprisonment until Monday – will now be subject to discretionary fines. The state has been slowly chipping away at strict marijuana laws, and this latest move paves the way for future legalisation.
New York state becomes the 15th to pass a decriminalising bill, while eleven states and the District of Columbia have given the green light to recreational use of cannabis.
Between 2008 and 2017, more than 360,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession New York state. Turning over the resulting convictions is one of the Democrat’s main priorities.