Marijuana Decriminalization Is Expanded in N.Y., but Full Legalization Fails

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The decriminalization bill was the latest in a flurry of progressive-minded legislation pushed through the statehouse as the closing days of the legislative session dragged beyond its scheduled end on Wednesday. She was raised in Chicago and graduated from Yale University. @vwang3 A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A24 of the New York edition with the headline: Marijuana Decriminalization Expanded in New York. More than a dozen states have decriminalized the drug, with more than 30 having medical marijuana programs. Under the bill, smoking marijuana in public will be a violation. Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to fully legalize marijuana when Gov.

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Marijuana Decriminalization Is Expanded in N.Y., but Full Legalization Fails

Possession of up to two ounces or less of marijuana in New York State will be treated as a violation instead of a crime, with fines dropping to as low as $50.

By Jesse McKinley and Vivian Wang

June 20, 2019ImageSenator Jamaal T. Bailey, a Democrat from the Bronx, left, fist bumps Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a Democrat from Buffalo, after the legislation expanding decriminalization for marijuana was passed in the State Senate. CreditHans Pennink/Associated Press

ALBANY — New York lawmakers, having fallen short in a push to fully legalize marijuana, have agreed to further decriminalize possession of the drug and automatically expunge many low-level marijuana convictions across the state.

The measure, which would treat possession of up to two ounces of marijuana as a violation instead of a crime, is a significant change in a state in which tens...

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