Senate Leader Says Cuomo Pot Proposal Won't Pass
Senate Leader Says Cuomo Pot Proposal Won't Pass Benoît Deniaud, flickr
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says the governor's proposal to reduce the penalty for public possession of a small amount of marijuana won't pass his chamber.
Skelos, a Long Island Republican, says it's wrong to cut punishment to a simple violation for having up to 25 grams of marijuana in the open.
However, Skelos says the Senate would work on a narrower measure ensuring that the lesser penalty applies when police order someone with a joint in his pocket to bring it out in the open.
Concealed possession of small amounts is a violation, subject to a ticket and $100 fine, while smoking or public possession rises to a misdemeanor.
Critics say New York City police have used the marijuana law to disproportionately arrest minority youths.