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Is it illegal to possess a small amount of marijuana in New York?

Yes, recreational marijuana remains illegal in New York even though many other states have loosened their marijuana laws. Possession of marijuana is considered a crime that is punishable by fines and jail time. However, possessing a small amount of marijuana that is not in public view is classified as a violation rather than a crime.

Marijuana laws can be complicated. For instance, marijuana can be legal if it is certified for medical use. A knowledgeable New York drug crime lawyer can help you understand how the state’s marijuana laws apply to your situation.

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