On August 28, 2019, marijuana laws in New York State changed. The NYPD encourages all New Yorkers to know and understand the law.
Possessing any amount of marijuana is still illegal. However, under the new law, penalties have changed.
Here are the key takeaways:
In short, the amount of marijuana a person has in their possession dictates whether or not police impose criminal charges — whether or not a person consumes it in public is no longer relevant.
Under the new marijuana law, officers issue criminal court summonses instead of making arrests, in most situations. However, if a person possesses over two ounces of marijuana, they are subject to arrest.
There are certain situations in which a person who has less than two ounces of marijuana could be arrested. For example, if the subject:
As a matter of public safety, officers are empowered to arrest people they believe are driving under the influence of marijuana, once they have established probable cause. When officers make this determination, they consider several different factors, including:
It is dangerous and illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, in any context.