Marijuana has officially been decriminalized in New York.This a major and historic move that will change things for a lot of people. But you should know that there are still ways you can get caught up if you don’t follow certain rules.
Residents across the state of New York are allowed to publicly possess or use up to two ounces of marijuana without any criminal penalties.
The new law also changes Marijuana Possession in the Fifth Degree from a low-level misdemeanor to a non-criminal violation. This means that police can’t arrest people but can only issue summonses possibly leading to fines. The new maximum penalty is now $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot and a maximum of $200 for between one and two ounces.
And this certainly doesn’t mean that marijuana is all good in New York and you just have free reign because that’s simply not true.
As for how the NYPD is preparing for the new law and reaction of New York residents, they have reportedly been training for a year now. Sergeant Jessica McRorie, a New York police department spokesperson said, “The legal changes that go into effect on Wednesday mirror the policy changes NYPD enacted a year ago, so the department is expecting a smooth transition for officers,”
Now that one of the biggest states in the country has decriminalized marijuana, it will be interesting to see which other states will follow suit.
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