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Marijuana Laws in New York | What to Know

It was recently announced that the use of recreational marijuana was legalized in New York state. This legalization allows for the legal sale and production of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. This new law will also impact individuals who have marijuana-related convictions on their records.

To learn more about New York’s marijuana laws, continue reading and reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney for any further questions you may have on the recent change.

Limits on Recreational Marijuana Possession Laws in NY

There are limits to the new law passed to legalize marijuana. Marijuana possession in New York state is now legal, however, outside of the home, you may not possess any more than three ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate.

It is also important to understand that you may grow up to three mature plants and three immature plans if you are over the age of 21. Individuals of age can grow up to six mature plants and six immature plants per household.

Can I have marijuana-related crimes expunged from my record in New York?

Anyone with a previous marijuana conviction on their record that would be considered legal with the new law passed will receive an automatic expungement. If you have marijuana convictions on your record and are wondering how New York’s updated law will impact you, do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable Rockland County criminal defense attorney. Our firm is here to help you in any way we can. If you have any further questions, give our firm a call.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on the recent law to legalize marijuana in New York state, “For generations, too many New Yorkers have been unfairly penalized for the use and sale of adult-use cannabis, arbitrarily arrested and jailed with harsh mandatory minimum sentences. After years of tireless advocacy and extraordinarily hard work, that time is coming to an end in New York State. Legalizing adult-use cannabis isn’t just about creating a new market that will provide jobs and benefit the economy — it’s also about justice for long-marginalized communities and ensuring those who’ve been unfairly penalized in the past will now get a chance to benefit. I look forward to signing this legislation into law.”


Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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