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Law decriminalizing marijuana in New York goes into effect

A law decriminalizing marijuana use in New York took effect Wednesday.

The law was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last month and reduces penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and allows for records to be expunged for people with certain marijuana convictions.

The violation will be punishable by a fine of $50 for possessing less than an ounce of pot or a maximum of $200 for 1 to 2 ounces. No criminal penalties will be issued for any amount of marijuana under two ounces.

This also allows for people who have certain marijuana convictions to have their records expunged.

“This law is long overdue, and it is a significant step forward in our efforts to end this repressive cycle and ultimately mend our discriminatory criminal justice process once and for all,” Cuomo said in a statement.

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