NY Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana
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NY Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on July 29, 2019 at 15:30:08 PT
By Chris Mills Rodrigo 
Source: Hill
New York -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday signed a bill decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the state and expunge the records of some people convicted on cannabis-related charges."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," Cuomo said in a statement.
"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."The new bill, approved by New York’s state legislature earlier this year, will reduce unlawful marijuana possession to a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.Possession under two ounces will not be met with criminal penalties.It also establishes a process for individuals with certain marijuana convictions to have their records cleared both retroactively and for future convictions, a major sticking point for criminal justice reform advocates.The bill will take effect 30 days after becoming law.Cuomo previously proposed decriminalizing marijuana in 2013.The bill signing Monday follows a recent wave of legislation legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana at the state level.Hawaii became the 26th state to legalize or decriminalize the drug earlier this month.Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) earlier this month introduced a bill that would decriminalize marijuana and expunge previous convictions nationally.The plan to legalize the drug in New York faced a hurdle earlier this year when Cuomo announced he was dropping the plan from the state's upcoming budget, arguing state lawmakers needed more time to reach an agreement.Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author: Chris Mills RodregoPublished: July 29, 2019Copyright: 2019 The HillContact: editor thehill.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on August 08, 2019 at 07:25:56 PT
Better late then never? Eh?
Cannabis/Marijuana prohibition one of the most destructive racist policies, EVER enacted!
Legalise it, long, long overdue, racism persists even today!
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on August 03, 2019 at 19:31:50 PT
Just paying a fine
Good for New York, but I am afraid to say that is still not enough. Just paying a fine. It sound fine doesn’t? Maybe, this is what it is all about. The upper crust folks just want a way have their little darlings able to get off with a fine, that mommy and daddy can easily pay. So upper crust politicians keep working at it until this whole stupid prohibition is done away with and no one has to pay a fine. Why is it fair for your kids to get off with a fine while the poor kids still get put in jail because they can't pay a fine?
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on July 30, 2019 at 09:13:29 PT
One Small Step for New York
Shafer Commission Report.Nixon Tapes Reveal Twisted Roots Of Marijuana Prohibition.White House Conversations Reveal Prejudices, Culture War Behind Nixon's Drug War.The Former Governor Delivered An Honest, Thorough Report. The President Wanted Something Different.
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