Marijuana

New York decriminalizes marijuana use

Andrew Cuomo speaks at an event
Andrew Cuomo delivers a speech earlier this month. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday to decriminalize marijuana use in the state. Under the law, use could still result in a fine, but will not be considered a criminal offense that could result in prison time.

The big picture: New York joins 15 other states that have decriminalized. 11 states plus Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana.

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Kamala Harris introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at the National Forum on Wages and Working People: Creating an Economy That Works for All at Enclave on April 27
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris introduced a bill with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana at a federal level and expunge low-level marijuana possession convictions.

"Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime. We need to start regulating marijuana, and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives."
— Sen. Kamala Harris statement