Those with low-level marijuana convictions can now wipe slate clean

August 28, 2019 05:23 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC)- People with low-level marijuana convictions can now get their records wiped clean.

New York State's new law decriminalizing pot is now in effect.

If someone gets caught with a small amount of weed, they'll only be fined now. They'll receive a $200 fine for two ounces of weed, $50 for one ounce or less. 

Previously, they would face misdemeanor charges.

Lawmakers passed the bill back in June- although pot remains illegal in New York State. 

"This law is long overdue, and it is a significant step forward in our efforts to end this repressive cycle and ultimately mend our discriminatory criminal justice process once and for all," said Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement. 


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