Marijuana Officially Legalized in New York State | What You Need to Know

Recently, it was announced that the use of recreational marijuana was legalized here in New York State. This will allow for the legal production and sale of marijuana to all adults over the age of 21. Not only will the new law legalize recreational marijuana, but it will also positively impact many people who have marijuana-related convictions on their records as well.

Of the recent move to legalize marijuana in New York State, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “For generations, too many New Yorkers have been unfairly penalized for the use and sale of adult-use cannabis, arbitrarily arrested and jailed with harsh mandatory minimum sentences. After years of tireless advocacy and extraordinarily hard work, that time is coming to an end in New York State. Legalizing adult-use cannabis isn’t just about creating a new market that will provide jobs and benefit the economy — it’s also about justice for long-marginalized communities and ensuring those who’ve been unfairly penalized in the past will now get a chance to benefit. I look forward to signing this legislation into law.”

Limits on Recreational Marijuana Possession Laws in NY

Though marijuana possession in New York State is now legal, there are limits to it. For example, outside of the home, you may not possess any more than three ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate. Additionally, after 18 months have passed, you may grow up to three mature plants and three immature plants, as long as you are over the age of 21, and up may grow up to six mature plants and six immature plants per household.

Can I have marijuana-related crimes expunged from my record in New York?

Fortunately for many individuals who’ve been convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past, the new law has established a means to have their records cleared. For example, anyone with a previous marijuana conviction on their record that would now be considered legal will receive an automatic expungement. If you have any additional questions about the bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable Rockland County criminal defense attorney. Our firm is here to help you in any way we can.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.