Understanding Marijuana Laws In New York State
Over the past few years, New York and many other states have legalized medical marijuana and several states now allow its recreational use. Depending on prosecutors’ decisions, however, it is still possible to be charged with a crime for marijuana possession in New York.
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What You Need To Know About Marijuana Crimes
There are many nuances to marijuana laws. As a state, New York does permit medical marijuana use but does not permit recreational marijuana use. However, you should know that criminal prosecution policies vary by jurisdiction. This means that major cities like New York have different policies than smaller cities like Albany, Syracuse or Saratoga Springs.
Albany County generally does not prosecute cases involving possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. The county may still prosecute cases involving possession of more than 2 ounces of marijuana. If you possess more than 2 ounces of marijuana, punishments may include incarceration and fines greater than $500. Crimes involving trafficking and other marijuana charges may have more serious consequences.
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