New York May Limit Marijuana Possession Arrests

The New York Times is reporting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed to essentially decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The move would go a great way toward protecting people’s individual rights given that so many searches are predicated on the smell of marijuana. If small amounts of marijuana were legal to possess, it would effectively eliminate a pretext for a great many searches.

According to the New York Times:

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, plans to hold a news conference at the Capitol on Monday to announce his plans to seek the change in state law. Administration officials said the governor would seek to downgrade the possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana in public view from a misdemeanor to a violation, with a maximum fine of $100 for first-time offenders.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.