Cuomo's proposal involves decriminalizing possession of 25 grams of marijuana or less. The penalty would include a maximum fine of $100 for first-time violators and no more than 15 days in jail, The New York Times reported. Smoking marijuana still would be a crime.
"The governor's proposal ... is consistent with [police Commissioner Raymond Kelly]'s directive and strikes the right balance by ensuring that the NYPD will continue to have the tools it needs to maintain public safety," Bloomberg said in an official statement.
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