New York Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Use
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New York Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Use

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill July 29 to decriminalize marijuana use in the state and expunge the records of some people convicted on cannabis-related charges.

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July 30, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday signed a bill decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the state and expunge the records of some people convicted on cannabis-related charges.

"Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,"  Cuomo said in a statement.

"By providing individuals who have suffered the consequences of an unfair marijuana conviction with a path to have their records expunged and by reducing draconian penalties, we are taking a critical step forward in addressing a broken and discriminatory criminal justice process."

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