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A new law in NY went to effect and it could make a lot of people happy.
CNN reports more than 150,000 people will have their marijuana cases thrown out. The bill was signed earlier last week and it “removes criminal penalties for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.” Also, “It reduces the penalty for the possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana to a $50 fine, regardless of criminal history, and a maximum of a $200 fine for the possession of between 1 and 2 ounces.”
The bill was signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said the bill is a “start of a new chapter in the criminal justice system and is long overdue.”
About 17,500 people are arrested each year on marijuana possession charges in New York City.
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More than 150,000 people will have their marijuana convictions effectively erased from their record under a New York State law that went into effect Wednesday. The law also removes criminal penalties for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and reduces the penalty for possession of less than 1 ounce to a $50 fine. (