This is the second in a three-part Leafly series on cannabis in New York City. The final installment will consider the reforms that should happen next.
Isn’t Cannabis Legal in NYC Now?
In a word, no. For people without a state-issued medical cannabis card, cannabis possession and use are illegal in New York State, and in New York City.
In New York City, possession of cannabis has been decriminalized but not legalized. Possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis may result in a $100 violation (similar to a traffic ticket) for a first offense. A second offense is $200, a third offense is $250 and a possible 15-day stint in jail.
Possession of up to 25 grams (3/4 of an ounce) will get you a $100 ticket on a first offense. Public use can get you thrown in jail.
Public use (“burning”) is a misdemeanor punishable by a $250 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
However, there are different types of “illegality” in the city.
If you are a white person moving about the city with a