New York Lawmakers OK Marijuana Decriminalization, Cuomo Says He'll Sign Bill
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New York Lawmakers OK Marijuana Decriminalization, Cuomo Says He'll Sign Bill

Under the new legislation, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis would be a $50 ticket.

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June 24, 2019

Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize cannabis stalled.

Gov. Cuomo, a Democrat who proposed his own plan for legalization earlier this year, said he'll sign the decriminalization bill--and noted he called for a similar step five years ago.

"It's not legalization," he said on public radio Wednesday. "But it is decriminalization and it's a major, major accomplishment."

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