Article 221: Offenses Involving Marijuana

In New York Law Article 221 pertains to all offenses involving marijuana including unlawful possession, criminal possession and criminal sale.

Given the changing legal environment around marijuana, it’s important to understand what is legal and illegal. In New York, the possession or sale of marijuana is illegal in most cases. If you have been charged with breaking Article 221 or any of the laws associated with this Article, you should contact a drug crimes defense lawyer.

The complete law is as follows:

Article 221: Offenses Involving Marijuana

221.00 Marijuana; definitions.
221.05 Unlawful possession of marijuana.
221.10 Criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree.
221.15 Criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree.
221.20 Criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree.
221.25 Criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree.
221.30 Criminal possession of marijuana in the first degree.
221.35 Criminal sale of marijuana in the fifth degree.
221.40 Criminal sale of marijuana in the fourth degree.
221.45 Criminal sale of marijuana in the third degree.
221.50 Criminal sale of marijuana in the second degree.
221.55 Criminal sale of marijuana in the first degree.


NY PENAL LAW § 221.00

Marijuana; definitions.

Unless the context in which they are used clearly otherwise requires, the terms occurring in this article shall have the same meaning ascribed to them in article two hundred twenty of this chapter.

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