So you are a pothead. What does marijuana decriminalization imply for you?


They didn’t legalize marijuana in New York State, however they did decriminalize it. You hit the weed pen one too many instances to grasp precisely what decriminalization is. Don’t fear about it. Sit again, calm down and allow us to (briefly) let you know what modified and what you continue to can’t do.

Marijuana legalization was on the desk throughout the New York State legislature’s session, however a workshopped invoice sponsored by State Sen. Liz Krueger by no means made it to the senate flooring for a vote.

That 114-page invoice would have allowed for the business sale of marijuana, which might have been dealt with by a brand new state workplace known as the Workplace of Hashish Administration.

That didn’t occur. As a substitute, the state additional decriminalized marijuana in a brief, four-page invoice handed in Albany on Wednesday. Marijuana continues to be unlawful. You can’t stroll outdoors and smoke a spliff in entrance of a cop. Or, you possibly can, but it surely’s a nasty concept. And it’s a violation.

In your personal dwelling, having lower than 25 grams of marijuana has been decriminalized in New York since 1977 — so preserve it in your house.

Now you’ll pay much less for those who get caught carrying it out and about. Illegal possession of lower than an oz. of marijuana — which is a violation — will now be punishable by a $50 advantageous as a substitute of a $100 advantageous.

The invoice additionally eliminated a part of the regulation that raised that advantageous if the individual had been convicted of an analogous weed offense within the final three years.

Getting caught with greater than an oz. of marijuana is now solely a violation as a substitute of a felony misdemeanor, and that’ll value you $200.

Something greater than two ounces of marijuana and you’ll nonetheless be hit with felony expenses.

One other key a part of the decriminalization invoice was the expungement of data for individuals who have been arrested of low-level marijuana possession.

However keep in mind, you continue to can’t smoke it or carry it in public.

Correction (2 p.m) — A earlier model of this text included the fallacious quantity of marijuana within the dwelling that was decriminalized in 1977. The article has been up to date with the proper quantity. The Eagle regrets this error. 


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