In the fight to legalize marijuana, New York state is taking a major step forward. The Fairness and Equity Act 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.