FINALLY! It is no longer a criminal penalty in the State of New York to be caught with a little bit of marijuana.

The legislation reduces the penalty for unlawfully possessing marijuana to a simple fine and violation, and decriminalizes possession under two ounces. There are now also ways for people with some marijuana convictions to have their records cleared.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement Wednesday

"For too long communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana and have suffered the life-long consequences of an unfair marijuana conviction.

"This law is long overdue, and it is a significant step forward in our efforts to end this repressive cycle and ultimately mend our discriminatory criminal justice process once and for all."