New Yorkers with previous marijuana convictions will have their records wiped clean under the new legalization law

New Yorkers with previous marijuana convictions will have their records wiped clean under the new legalization law
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  • New York Governor signed a law on Wednesday that legalizes marijuana use for adults.
  • The law allows adults to possess up to three ounces of marijuana.
  • People who were convicted for possession up to the legal amount will have their sentences expunged.

The criminal records of people previously convicted of marijuana-related crimes in New York will be expunged under a new law passed in the state.

New York Governor signed the bill into law on Wednesday, legalizing marijuana for adults across the state.

The new law will allow New Yorkers to possess three ounces of marijuana or less, and will let them grow up to three marijuana plants at home.
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Anyone previously convicted of marijuana possession under the now-legal limit will have their convictions expunged and they will be re-sentenced, according to ABC News.

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Further, according to the New York times, 40% of tax revenue from marijuana sales will be put toward communities where Black and Latino people have been disproportionately arrested on marijuana charges, and toward people who have had their sentences expunged.
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It will also allow people involved in the illegal marijuana market as well as people with past marijuana convictions to take part in the new legal market.

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