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About 100 kilograms of cannabis were discovered on April Fool’s joke during various layovers in Oswego County, New York state.
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The April Fool’s joke was no joke for a Canadian when he was charged with criminal possession of cannabis after New York state police discovered nearly 100 kilograms of weed in their car.
MPs from the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) stopped the vehicle driven by Perry Opoku-Agyemang, 26, of Thornhill, Ont. noticed an OCSO Facebook post on April 1 at around 10:10 a.m.
Opoku-Agyemang was traveling south on Interstate 81 into Richland, NY before being pulled over and police found 41.5 kg. He was initially held pending charges.
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But the OCSO MPs weren’t ready for the day. Less than two hours later, at 11:52 a.m., a 35-year-old woman from Maywood, Illinois was stopped on the same freeway, but this time in Hastings, NY
After police discovered 58.6 kg of cannabis in her vehicle, Sharelle Campbell was also charged with criminal possession of cannabis. Campbell is also awaiting charges.
New York State recently shed green light on new cannabis rules. Last Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to establish the Office of Cannabis Management, which will be responsible for implementing a legal framework that includes hemp for medicinal purposes, for adults, and cannabinoid.
With respect to recreational cannabis, among other things, adults can have up to 85 grams of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate in public possession. According to the established roll-out periods, 21-year-olds and older can also have up to three mature and three immature plants in their house, with a maximum household of six and six, respectively.
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“This is a historic day in New York – one that will eradicate the wrongs of the past by ending harsh prison sentences, embracing an industry that grows the Empire State economy, and prioritizing marginalized communities so that those who live on Be the first to reap the benefits, “Cuomo said in the statement.
While the ownership restrictions are in effect immediately, the home growth allowance will have to wait until the relevant regulations are written and implemented.
Even so, possession of tens of kilograms of cannabis is still a criminal offense and, depending on the amount, can lead to criminal offenses. Possessing more than 10 pounds of weeds in New York State – as was the case with both of the drivers listed above – results in a criminal offense and up to 15 years in prison and up to $ 15,000 ($ 18,900). Those over 10 pounds are the largest amount noted in relation to weed possession.
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