New York Legislation regarding Marijuana is changing. Although Marijuana is not fully legalized, it is no longer illegal to possess less than 2 ounces. New York has further agreed to expunge many low level marijuana convictions across New York State.
According to the NY Times, this measure, which would treat possession of up to two ounces of marijuana as a violation instead of a crime, is a significant change in a state in which tens of thousands of residents have been arrested for small-scale possession.
The agreement came after months of negotiations in Albany failed to establish the type of fully legalized industry embraced in nearly a dozen other states, including California, Washington and Alaska.
Still, the measure agreed to on Thursday by the Democrat-led Legislature, and backed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, also a Democrat, was still considered a step forward for those pushing for lessening drug penalties, particularly the expungement of records.
This is a great step in the right direction for former offenders of strict Marijuana laws. If you have a former conviction of Marijuana call us today to discuss sealing your record.