Governor Cuomo signed legislation in July that will further reduce penalties for marijuana possession, while also allowing a process that will expunge certain previous marijuana related convictions.
The new law will take effect late this month. As reported, this legislation adjustment will remove any criminal penalties for those caught possessing under two ounces of marijuana. For those found to possess up to two ounces, you may receive a violation, which is similar to a traffic ticket.
Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli spoke with reporters from WWNY-TV and mentioned the fact of how this will change things for his patrol deputies in how they handle marijuana possession instances. “That means that now you don’t have to bring the person in to process or tie up more time as an arrest. So, it’s basically getting a parking ticket. That’s what they did by doing that,” the Sheriff said.
Fines will be reduced as a result of this new legislation. For those found to possess less than one ounce of marijuana, the penalty will be $50. For anything between one and two ounces, the highest penalty will be $200, a reduction from the original $500.
On the other hand, for possession amounts over two ounces, nothing has changed in regards to this new law. In other words, it’s not a total legalization. In addition, the legislation will allow certain marijuana convictions to be wiped clean from record.
Governor Cuomo called this a “critical step” in fixing a broken criminal justice system. Once again, Sheriff Carpinelli does not believe in the Governor’s ideology. “This once again, helps the criminal. Bottom line, helps the criminal. Doesn’t do anything good for society,” he said.