senate Bill S2524

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to decriminalizing the possession of buprenorphine

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to codes
Jan 21, 2021 referred to codes


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S2524 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §220.00, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: A10109
2023-2024: S699

S2524 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Decriminalizes the possession of buprenorphine from certain crimes.

S2524 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2524 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 21, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen.  RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes
 AN ACT to amend the  penal  law,  in  relation  to  decriminalizing  the
   possession of buprenorphine

   Section 1. Subdivisions 5 and 8 of section 220.00 of  the  penal  law,
 subdivision 5 as amended by chapter 537 of the laws of 1998 and subdivi-
 sion  8 as amended by section 18 of part C of chapter 447 of the laws of
 2012, are amended to read as follows:
   5. "Controlled substance" means any substance listed  in  schedule  I,
 II,  III,  IV  or  V  of  section thirty-three hundred six of the public
 health law other than BUPRENORPHINE AND marihuana, but including concen-
 trated cannabis as defined in  paragraph  (a)  of  subdivision  four  of
 section thirty-three hundred two of such law.
   8.  "Narcotic  preparation"  means  any controlled substance listed in
 schedule II(b-1), III(d) or III(e) OTHER THAN BUPRENORPHINE.
   § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
 ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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