(New York, NY) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo is signing legislation that decriminalizes marijuana use in New York.
The new legislation reduces the penalty for unlawful marijuana possession to a violation punishable by a fine. The law will also create a process for individuals with certain marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. Governor Cuomo says the legislation addresses racial and ethnic disparities, as New York's existing marijuana laws disproportionately affect African American and Latino communities.
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