With all of the new marijuana laws now in effect in New York State, doing the right thing can be confusing at times. Is it legal to smoke pot in public? Where is it lawful to purchase weed in New York? How much cannabis can you carry in your vehicle?

Adults may smoke or vape cannabis wherever smoking tobacco is allowed under the smoke-free air laws and It is now legal for adults 21 and older to possess no more than 3 ounces of cannabis and up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis for personal use in New York. Is it possible that this one Capital Region man was confused and thought 44lbs of cannabis was the legal amount to have in your vehicle?

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On Wednesday July 12, 2023, according to New York State Police, Troopers stopped an individual on Interstate 787 in Albany for vehicle and traffic violation. During the stop officers discovered 44 pounds of illegally possessed cannabis and a large amount of cash.

There are 16 ounces in one pound so this individual had 704 ounces of cannabis. This puts him just 701 ounces over the legal limit. Troopers arrested 29-year-old Olandise L. Warren of Albany, NY.

New York State Police
New York State Police

Mr. Warren did not have a driver's license at the time of the stop. Warren has been charged with Criminal Possession of Cannabis in the first degree. He was arraigned at the Albany City Court and released under the supervision of the Albany County Probation Department.

New York State Police
New York State Police

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