Legalization of marijuana for leisure use failed in New York this 12 months. So lawmakers turned as a substitute to “decriminalization.”

However what, precisely, does that imply?

Right here’s how one advocate who favored legalization sees decriminalization:

“You’ll be able to have some ( marijuana) however you’ll be able to’t purchase it, can’t promote it, can’t commerce or develop it and also you’ll nonetheless be arrested should you do any of these,” stated Gary Colmey of Rome, an lively member of Legalize It! CNY. “However you’ll be able to ‘possess’ some. … And the place, then, does it come from? The sky?”

Rising the quantity of marijuana you’ll be able to possess with out dealing with a legal cost — and decreasing fines for low-level possession — are among the key items of the new “decrim” invoice. It basically amends and expands a partial decriminalization regulation New York adopted in 1977.

One other a part of the brand new regulation expunges, or clears, the information of these convicted of minor marijuana crimes.

However decriminalized marijuana just isn’t authorized marijuana. You continue to is perhaps stopped for smoking a joint in public — however it’s more likely to be a ticket quotation, not a misdemeanor legal offense that goes in your everlasting file. [Read more at New York Upstate]