Sunday, June 23, 2019

N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana and Expunge 900,000 Arrests


By HENRY GOLDMAN and KESHIA CLUKEY / BLOOMBERG

New York lawmakers decriminalized small amounts of marijuana after failing to agree on a comprehensive package that would have fully legalized the drug and provided revenue for social programs.

The state Senate passed its bill Thursday evening, 39-23, and the Assembly approved it early Friday, though a vote count wasn’t immediately available.

“This is not the final step, but it will lay the groundwork for full decriminalization and legalization,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in a statement.  Read more >>