“Communities of colour have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far also extended, and right now we are ending this injustice after and for all,” Cuomo mentioned in a statement.
“By supplying folks who have suffered the consequences of an unfair marijuana conviction with a path to have their records expunged and by decreasing draconian penalties, we are taking a crucial step forward in addressing a broken and discriminatory criminal justice procedure.”
The new bill, authorized by New York’s state legislature earlier this year, will lessen unlawful marijuana possession to a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.
Possession beneath two ounces will not be met with criminal penalties.
It also establishes a procedure for individuals with specific marijuana convictions to have their records cleared each retroactively and for future convictions, a big sticking point for criminal justice reform advocates.
The bill will take impact 30 days following becoming law.
Cuomo previously proposed decriminalizing marijuana in 2013. [Read more at The Hill]