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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a compromise measure following lawmakers failed to agree on provisions of a marijuana legalization bill. (Photo by Pat Arnow through Flickr)

N.Y. law decreasing possession penalties requires impact

ALBANY, N.Y — Legislation decreasing marijuana possession penalties and facilitating the expungement of previous cannabis convictions took impact final week.

Assembly Bill 8420-A reduces the penalty for minor marijuana possession violations (up to a single ounce) to a $50 fine. It also amends penalties for offenses involving the possession of much more than a single ounce but significantly less than two ounces of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to 3 months in jail) to a non-criminal violation punishable by a $200 fine – regardless of an offender’s prior criminal history.

The new law also amends the classification of offenses involving the use or possession of marijuana in public from a criminal misdemeanor, formerly punishable by up to 90 days in jail, to a fine-only offense. In New York City, police have created more than 700,000 arrests for ‘public view’ violations. Eighty-six % of these arrested have been either black or Latino.

Lastly, A. 8420-A establishes procedures to let for the automatic expungement of criminal records distinct to crimes involving the possession of 25 grams or significantly less of marijuana. A number of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are eligible for expungement beneath the program.

Assembly Bill 8420-A was negotiated in the closing days of the 2019 legislative session following lawmakers failed to agree on provisions of a marijuana legalization measure.

Poll: Alcohol, cigarettes worse than cannabis

BOSTON — Most Americans perceive cigarettes and alcohol to pose higher dangers to public well being than cannabis, according to survey information compiled by the Harvard T.H. Chan College of Public Wellness and initial reported by

According to the survey, 81 % of respondents think that tobacco cigarettes are “very dangerous.” Fifty-a single % of respondents similarly view alcohol as “very dangerous.” By contrast, only 26 % of these surveyed ranked marijuana as “very dangerous.”

Eighteen % of these surveyed opined that cannabis was “not dangerous at all.” By contrast, only two % of respondents believed the very same about alcohol and only a single % mentioned so about tobacco.

N.J. governor vetoes expungement measure

TRENTON, N.J. — Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed Senate Bill 3205, which sought to expand the pool of crimes eligible for expungement and establish an expedited course of action for these with minor marijuana offenses to petition the court to have their records vacated.

“I think this bill can go additional for the bring about of justice, and I am hopeful that we can move forward collectively with a bill that offers a path to automatic expungement and makes it possible for for relief for these convicted for these convicted of low-level marijuana offenses,” the governor mentioned. “I will continue to operate with the legislature to construct a much more full program of expungements, so that much more New Jerseyans are offered a second possibility and can improved reintegrate into our society.”

The governor advisable many adjustments to the bill, like obtaining criminal records distinct to low-level marijuana offenses “immediately sealed” upon disposition and passing a supplemental appropriation of $15 million to employ extra staff to facilitate the expungement course of action.

It remains unclear whether or not lawmakers will revisit the legislation this year and amend it in a manner that concurs with the governor’s suggestions.

Okla. sees expanded protections for cannabis individuals

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation took impact final week expanding protections for state-certified healthcare cannabis individuals.

Residence Bill 2612, which was signed into law in March, strengthens patient protections by explicitly stipulating that registered cannabis customers may possibly not be denied public help, access to firearms, or specific kinds of employment solely primarily based upon their patient status. It states, “No employer may possibly refuse to employ, discipline, discharge or otherwise penalize an applicant or employee solely on the basis of a optimistic test for marijuana elements or metabolites.”

Oklahoma is the 15th state to explicitly defend healthcare cannabis individuals from workplace discrimination, according to California NORML.
The new law also seeks to facilitate requirements for banks who want to companion with healthcare cannabis enterprises, and prohibits neighborhood governments enacting “guidelines which restrict or interfere with the rights of a licensed patient or caregiver to possess, obtain, cultivate or transport healthcare marijuana.” It also makes it possible for podiatrists to make healthcare cannabis suggestions, amongst other adjustments.

Far more than 146,000 Oklahomans are registered with the state to access healthcare cannabis therapy.

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