Max. fine for small amount: $100
Marijuana related arrests in 2012: 112,974
In 1977, New York became one of the first states to decriminalize marijuana. However, it should serve as no surprise that law enforcement agencies in the state have been abusing the “public view” loophole, which differentiates between where offenders are caught — possessing a small amount of the drug in the privacy of one’s home results in a fine, while possession in a public place can result in a misdemeanor. Even so, there is still hope that New York will see legalization on the 2016 ballot. In July of 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a medical marijuana bill into law. There are currently two bills to legalize and tax marijuana in the legislature, which is currently on break.
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