NBC New York is reporting that Governor Cuomo has signed a law decriminalizing marijuana use in New York State.

Cuomo said in a statement Monday morning:

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...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.

Unlawful possession of marijuana will still be subject to a fine as a violation. The law also creates a process for those who have certain marijuana-related offenses on their record to have those offenses expunged.


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