Douglas Greene

Why Are New York's Pot Laws So Awful?

In his 2013 State of the State address last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed reducing the penalty for possession of 15 grams of cannabis or less in public view. Since 1977, New York State law has provided that any amount of cannabis that is burning or in public view is a crime, a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to three months in jail and a fine of up to $500. Governor Cuomo proposed that public view possession of 15 grams or less should be a civil violation, which means no jail time and a maximum fine of $100. 

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