New marijuana decriminalization bill could wipe out thousands of criminal records

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — While recreational marijuana is not legal in New York, a bill decriminalizing it has passed the state legislature. If the governor signs it, having less than two ounces of marijuana will get you a $200 ticket instead of a criminal charge.

The law would also deal with prior marijuana convictions. Outside New York City, that would add up to about 57,000 convictions to be removed from the record.

The New York State unified court system says it is already looking into how it can work through that process if the law takes effect.

It estimates the change cold entirely wipe out the criminal record of more than 24,000 people across the state.


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