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New York cuts penalties for marijuana possession

July 29, 2019 06:21 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's governor has signed a bill reducing the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

The legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes unlawful possession of marijuana a violation similar to a traffic ticket. It also reduces fines.

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The penalty would be $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot or a maximum of $200 for one to two ounces.

The law also creates a process that will allow some people to get some past marijuana convictions expunged.

Cuomo called the law "a critical step forward in addressing a broken and discriminatory criminal justice process."

State lawmakers considered legalizing marijuana for recreational use this year, but that legislation stalled.

Cuomo and the top leaders in the Legislature are all Democrats.

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