Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 1 p.m. is announcing that he wants the state Legislature to adopt a law that would reduce the number of people in New York arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The proposal is focused largely on the controversial stop-and-frisk policy in New York City, but it would have an affect on the entire state, specifically cities, where critics has said the low-level arrests have impacted youth development, particularly among minorities.
Cuomo’s proposal would lower the penalty for public possession of a small amount of marijuana, dropping it from a misdemeanor to a violation, according to the Associated Press. In 1977, the state reduced possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana to a violation, but he remained a misdemeanor if the marijuana was in plain view or burning.
You can watch it live at 1 p.m.