Can You Smoke Weed in Public in New York?

Can You Smoke Weed in New York?

Yes, it is legal to smoke weed in New York in most places where tobacco smoking is permitted within the state unless another law or local policy prohibits it. The smoking of medical marijuana is now allowed in the state as part of patients’ medical treatments. However, it must be authorized by their medical providers.

Can You Smoke Weed in Public in New York?

No. It is unlawful for cannabis consumers to smoke marijuana in public in New York. Offenders risk civil penalties and up to a $25 fine if caught smoking weed in any public place. Also, marijuana may not be smoked in private vehicles (even if parked) or public transport. Per Article 222 of the New York State Penal Law, it is illegal to smoke cannabis in/on school buses and school grounds within the state's limits. In addition, the New York Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) prohibits marijuana smoking in public parks, recreation centers, bars, pools, group camps, restaurant patios, and beaches.

Can You Smoke Weed in a Vehicle in New York?

No. Cannabis consumption, including smoking, in a parked or moving vehicle is banned in New York. The state metes out heavy penalties on anyone caught smoking weed while driving or operating motor vehicles while impaired by marijuana. When driving with cannabis products in a vehicle within the state, make sure to store them safely in closed containers and keep them in the car trunk or glove box.

Who Can Smoke Marijuana in New York?

Anyone aged 21 years or older can smoke weed recreationally in New York. However, only registered medical cannabis patients, whose physicians have approved the use of smokable cannabis forms as part of their treatments, can smoke marijuana in the state.

Where Can You Legally Smoke Weed in New York?

In New York, it is legal to smoke weed in private homes, state-licensed cannabis consumption lounges, and in most places where the state permits tobacco consumption. While it is not illegal to consume marijuana in private residences, landlords have the right to ban cannabis smoking in apartment buildings. Cannabis consumers are advised to check their lease agreements to know what applies. Generally, smoking weed in public places, including workplaces, college campuses, and federal buildings in New York, is considered illegal. Employers can penalize employees caught smoking marijuana while at work.

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