New York to decriminalize marijuana?

Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal could give a whole new meaning to the phrase 'New York state of mind'
Time Magazine (US)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

joint-boxNew York governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the state and he’s got the support of New York City’s police commissioner and mayor, plus a broad swath of local politicians who just a few years ago may have scoffed at the notion of lessening penalties for drug possession. Citing an “inconsistency” in state drug laws regarding small amounts of marijuana, Cuomo announced a bill to make the penalties for private and public possession the same, which he says will help people caught with less than 25 grams avoid “unnecessary” misdemeanor charges.