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NYS Legislative Rumblings Towards Marijuana Legalization

| Oct 22, 2018 | Injuries |

As with most states, marijuana enforcement in NYS has slackened on the lowest levels of possession. NYS Penal Law Section 221.05 for Marijuana Possession is often adjudicated by a modest fine or an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. Now the NYS Assembly, at Governor Cuomo’s urging, is looking into greater de-criminalization of marijuana possession and regulation/taxation of its sale within the state. As marijuana is still listed as a Schedule 1 drug federally under the Controlled Substance Act (https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/orangebook/e_cs_sched.pdf). Thus, no matter what action is taken at the state level, it will have complicated interactions with federal jurisdiction within NYS.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2018-10-16/ny-lawmakers-to-hold-hearing-on-legalization-of-marijuana