Cuomo pushes to lessen marijuana possession penalties

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to introduce legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.The proposed legislation would make possession a violation

BROOKLYN - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to introduce legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The proposed legislation would make possession a violation rather than a misdemeanor for people caught with small amounts when stopped and frisked by police.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says he approves of the plan because it allows officers to focus their efforts on catching tougher criminals. Those caught with 25 grams or less of marijuana would have to pay a fine instead of being arrested.

The changed penalty would not affect anyone caught smoking marijuana or having it in plain sight, both of which would still carry misdemeanor charges.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Officials believe the drug ring brought heroin, cocaine, 1 New drug furanyl-fentanyl hits Brooklyn streets
Wells Fargo is rolling out cardless ATMs where 2 Word on the Street: Paying by phone
Students, faculty and staff are calling on the 3 Students march to fight CUNY tuition hikes
Dozens of people were arrested across the borough 4 Dozens arrested in 'Operation Hardball' drug takedown
Wells Fargo is rolling out cardless ATMs where 5 Word on the Street: Cardless ATMs

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE