Is New York next?

In the fight to legalize marijuana, New York state is taking a major step forward. The Fairness and Equity 120605121044-marijuana-hands-story-topAct would close a long standing loop hole that would decriminalize “public” marijuana possession. Instead of residents being arrested and charged, under this law marijuana possession would be fined as a ticket — at similar cost to a parking ticket.

Working Families backed State Senator Daniel Squadron at a City Hall press conference:

Today, marijuana possession almost never means a criminal record for white New Yorkers, but could easily mean a criminal record for many black and Latino New Yorkers, who are actually less likely to possess marijuana.

The Huffington Post reports more about the Fair and Equity Act in an article here.