In The News: Marijuana Legalization Struggling In NY

In The News: Marijuana Legalization Struggling In NY

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting marijuana legalization you may be in for a disappointment.According to The New York Times, two days ago, efforts to legalize marijuana seemed to stall in New York, in part because they fell apart in New Jersey.

Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) responded by introducing a new bill She has hopes this one stands a better chance.

At it’s heart, the issue around legalization may not be the legalization itself, but where all the resulting revenue goes.

Even if the state approves marijuana legalization, some people won’t be able to access it legally. Four New York counties intend to opt out of legalization, including the counties on Long Island.

This comes as bad news to people who may already have marijuana charges on their record. New York’s legalization initiative included proposals which would have cleared past criminal records for minor drug offenses.

New York has drafted a bill to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana. As of right now patients with medical need may acquire a 30 day supply. But smoking the marijuana is not an approved method of ingesting it, which means your registry ID won’t help you if police catch you smoking a joint on a street corner.

See also: In the News: Changes to NYC Marijauna Policy

Currently, medical marijuana is restricted to those with severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions.

If you’ve jumped the gun and have begun acting as if marijuana is legal, you’re not alone. New York recently cracked down on cafes and restaurants offering CBD coffees and smoothies

If you’re going to take chances, keep in mind the amount you possess, where you’re smoking it, and where it’s seen can make a big difference to what you’re charged with. While we in no way suggest anyone should break the law, it does happen, and marijuana is generating a lot of confusion right now.

Possessing less than 25 grams of marijuana outside of “plain view” constitutes a “violation.” You would receive a desk appearance ticket, similar to a traffic ticket. A first offense could mean an $100 fine. A second offense could mean a $200 fine and 15 days in jail.

See also:Why the Decriminalization of Marijuana May Not Spare You An Arrest

15 days is usually more than enough to put most people out of a job. This is why we usually try to help our clients receive an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD). This allows you to perform community service instead of going to jail.

Possessing more than 25 grams is still a criminal act. If you have between 25 grams and two ounces the crime is a misdemeanor. Anything more is a felony. And selling marijuana still comes with tough penalties.

See also: 4 Ways to Help Your Case if Accused of Drug Possession in NYC

If you’re facing marijuana charges, you need a strong criminal defense team on your side. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Greco Neyland have a great deal of experience defending marijuana charges.

Don’t let a marijuana charge ruin your life. Contact our offices today to get the help you need.

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Jeffery Greco

Jeffery Greco is an attorney providing legal services covering Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense: White Collar and Criminal Defense: DUI / DWI. Jeffery Greco, who practices law in New York, New York, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2020 - 2023. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. Prior to becoming an attorney, he studied at South Texas College of Law Houston. He graduated in 2004. After passing the bar exam, he was admitted to legal practice in 2005.

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