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Monday, July 29, 2019

For years, New York State has lagged behind its progressive-minded peers in the area of marijuana prohibition. As states like California, Massachusetts, Vermont and even Maine passed bills legalizing the drug, members of the New York State legislature simply haven't been able to overcome minor differences in ideology to pass a legalization bill of their own, leaving New York with some of the most draconian marijuana laws in the northeast.

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But that's all about to change – sort of. On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana use a little over one month after the legislature failed to reach an agreement on a bill that would have legalized sales. But the decrim bill is the next best thing, supporters insist, arguing that it will help eliminate the racial disparities in arrests and sentencing, since it eliminates the hated "public view" loophole (which allows a cop to arrest a suspect who willingly takes a bag of marijuana out of his pocket, placing it in "public view") while also making possession of anything up to one to an ounce punishable by a max fine of $50. Possession of between one and two ounces will be punishable of a fine up to $200, eliminating the possibility of jail time, regardless of an individuals criminal record.

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Surprised that didn't legalize it so they could tax it to death.

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-29 10:52 PM | Reply

Welly, welly, well.. I might visit that backwoods state after all.

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-30 04:54 AM | Reply

"New York State legislature simply haven't been able to overcome minor differences in ideology to pass a legalization bill of their own"

What they haven't been able to overcome is the fact that New Youk state resembles Kentucky more than most people understand.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-07-30 07:00 AM | Reply

What they haven't been able to overcome is the fact that New Youk state resembles Kentucky more than most people understand.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds

you go to upstate NY, you may as well be in dixie, except for the cold weather.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2019-07-30 09:06 AM | Reply

The only person I've ever known personally to have a cross burned in her yard is my aunt. Hicksville, Long Island, 1990. Probably had something to do with the black home health aid that used to come help with my grandmother. Sometimes she'd bring her son with her. Often her husband would come pick her up.

#5 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-30 09:19 AM | Reply

"New York state resembles Kentucky more than most people understand"

In NY a virgin is called a Jets fan.
In Kentucky a virgin is called an only child.

#6 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-07-30 11:24 AM | Reply

This decriminalization is BS. They can still harass you, use it to search you further, and tack on other charges while fining you for the MJ.

There may have been one outspoken yokel in Binghamton against legalizing, but for the most part it failed due to people that wanted to legalize it not agreeing on the $$$$$$

This doesn't take effect for 29 more days, so don't go getting stupid.

#7 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-07-30 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 | POSTED BY PUMPKINHEAD

We used to joke that it means the girl could outrun her brother.

#8 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-08-01 01:44 AM | Reply

This doesn't take effect for 29 more days, so don't go getting stupid.

#7 | Posted by 101Chairborne

I'm sure it's not perfect, but at least they can stop throwing people in prison for a roach.

#9 | Posted by kudzu at 2019-08-01 09:12 AM | Reply

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