Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view.
The new legislation would make the possession of 25 grams of marijuana or less, in private or public view, a violation subject to a ticket and fine rather than a misdemeanor, Cuomo announced Monday.
It’s a move that could drastically reduce the number of arrests related to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.
“By taking up this issue, Gov. Cuomo is taking a major step forward to ending the criminalization of young men of color,” Alfredo Carrasquillo, a community organizer for VOCAL New York, said in a statement. “This shows great leadership by our governor to address racially biased practices and restore the relationship between communities of color and our government.
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