New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday signed a invoice decriminalizing using marijuana within the state and expunge the data of some individuals convicted on cannabis-related prices.
“Communities of colour have been disproportionately impacted by legal guidelines governing marijuana for a lot too lengthy, and at present we’re ending this injustice as soon as and for all,” Cuomo stated in a assertion.
“By offering people who’ve suffered the results of an unfair marijuana conviction with a path to have their data expunged and by decreasing draconian penalties, we’re taking a vital step ahead in addressing a damaged and discriminatory felony justice course of.”
The brand new invoice, accepted by New York’s state legislature earlier this 12 months, will cut back illegal marijuana possession to a misdemeanor punishable by a fantastic.
Possession beneath two ounces is not going to be met with felony penalties.
It additionally establishes a course of for people with sure marijuana convictions to have their data cleared each retroactively and for future convictions, a significant sticking level for felony justice reform advocates.
The invoice will take impact 30 days after turning into legislation.
Cuomo beforehand proposed decriminalizing marijuana in 2013. [Read more at The Hill]