3 Things You Should Know About Marijuana Laws in New York

Marijuana charges are among some of the most common drug-related crimes in the state of New York. Because marijuana laws vary greatly between the states and have recently gone through major changes, it can often be unclear exactly what is legal in terms of marijuana use and possession. When it comes to marijuana charges in New York, you should know a few things.

  1. Medical marijuana became legal in the state of New York in 2014. Modern research suggests that marijuana is a highly effective aid in the treatment of many medical issues including nausea, epilepsy, glaucoma, muscle pain, and much more. In New York, only certain specific medical conditions qualify a patient as eligible for medical marijuana. These qualifying conditions include, but are not limited to, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s disease, ALS, and multiple sclerosis.
  2. You can be charged with a DUI in the state of New York for driving while under the influence of marijuana. Legally, if you are under the influence of cannabis, you are “impaired” and cannot operate a vehicle. The first offense for a marijuana-related DUI is a misdemeanor and includes a fine of up to $1,000. A second offense within 10 years is a class E felony, and a third offense within 10 years is a class D felony.
  3. New York could be one of the next states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. State lawmakers recently submitted two bills that would make marijuana use legally similar to that of alcohol. Eight other states have taken the steps to decriminalize marijuana in some form, and New York may not be far behind.

If you have been charged with any marijuana-related crime in the state of New York, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. are here to help you. Our legal team has years of experience helping New Yorkers through the process of fighting marijuana charges. Having a strong attorney on your side could mean the difference between harsh penalties and having your charges dropped altogether. Our professional lawyers will work diligently on your case, creating a strategy specific to your situation and charges. To contact our offices, give us a call today at (914) 772-3166.