New York Legislature Approves Marijuana Decriminalization

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

The measure would reduce low-level criminal charges for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation, which comes with a fine similar to a parking ticket. The penalty would be $50 for possessing less than 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of marijuana, or $200 for 1 to 2 ounces, or 28.35 to 56.7 ounces.

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