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Governor Cuomo Announces Legislation to Bring Consistency and Fairness to the State’s Penal Law and Save Thousands of New Yorkers from Unnecessary Misdemeanor Charges

June 4, 2012, Albany - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by legislators, district attorneys, and law enforcement officials, announces legislation that would make the penalties for private and public possession of small amounts of marijuana the same, thereby bringing consistency and fairness to New York State's Penal Law. This new law will save thousands of New Yorkers, who are disproportionately Black and Hispanic youth, from unnecessary misdemeanor charges.


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Taken on June 4, 2012