Could this be a step in the direction of decriminalizing marijuana in NY??
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just proposed cutting the penalty for public possession of small amounts of weed!
It would, in practice, reduce the criminal misdemeanor to a violation with a fine up to $100.
This would save thousands of New Yorkers, disproportionately black and Hispanic youths, from unnecessary arrests and criminal charges!
Unnecessary is the key word there!
What's interesting is that Cuomo has some heavy support, too: New York City prosecutors and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, whose offices handled almost 50,000 such criminal cases last year, endorsed the Democratic governor's plan.
We definitely feel like this will help redirect limited resources to serious crime.
This does NOT include sparking up in public, though, and he explains:
"I believe the society does want to discourage the use of marijuana in public, on the street. Smoking a joint, I think, is a different level of activity than just being in possession of it."
We can understand that!
This seems like a step in the right direction, though, and people in NY should be very happy if it passes!
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