New York Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

ALBANY, NY. (Dec. 19, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New York Senate would decriminalize marijuana possession. Passage into law would take another step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state.

Introduced by Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), Senate Bill 7013 (S7013) would “ensure that laws are enforced equally and fairly and do not result in a disparate impact on people because of their race or ethnicity” by making “unlawful possession of marihuana… a violation punishable only by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.” Criminal possession of larger amounts of marijuana would still be prosecuted under the bill.

“We have all acknowledged that these marijuana possession arrests were unjust and discriminatory, but we must also act to repair the harm that’s been done. We can no longer stand by while ineffective and failed drug policies continue to unnecessarily burden our families and communities,” Rivera said, according to a Daily Chronic report.

The legislation would also give the courts leeway to give clemency to marijuana offenders, a move that would ease the overcrowding of prisons because of the war on drugs. S7013 reads in part:

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