August 28, 2019
Albany, NY

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Marijuana Decriminalization Law Going into Effect Today

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Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Marijuana Decriminalization Law Going into Effect Today

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"For too long communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana and have suffered the life-long consequences of an unfair marijuana conviction.

 

"Today is the start of a new chapter in the criminal justice system. By providing individuals a path to have their records expunged, including those who have been unjustly impacted based on their race or ethnicity, and reducing the penalty for unlawful possession of marijuana to a fine, we are giving many New Yorkers the opportunity to live better and more productive, successful and healthier lives.

 

"This law is long overdue, and it is a significant step forward in our efforts to end this repressive cycle and ultimately mend our discriminatory criminal justice process once and for all."

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