Tuesday 20 August 2019

New York makes move to decriminalise marijuana use


New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Photo: AP
New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Photo: AP

Matthew Lavietes

New York State yesterday decriminalised recreational marijuana use, meaning possession of small amounts of the drug will be punished with fines rather than jail time, a step short of Governor Andrew Cuomo's goal of legalising pot.

Mr Cuomo said it would also allow a mechanism for clearing the records of people criminally convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Eleven US states plus the District of Columbia have fully legalised recreational marijuana use since Colorado first did so in 2014, according to the Marijuana Policy Project lobbying group.

Irish Independent

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