GO WITH AFP STORY by Desiree Martin A picture taken on April 12, 2013 shows plants of marijuana at the plantation of the Sibaratas Med Can association in Mogan on the southwest coast of the island of Gran Canaria. The plants grow from cuttings for approximately two months and then blossom before being harvested, dried, stored in jars for a month and later processed to be consumed on site. Spanish law prohibits the possession of soft drugs like cannabis in public and its growth to be sold for profit is illegal. But the law does tolerate growing cannabis for personal use and its consumption in private. Dozens of private marijuana smoking clubs operate across Spain that take advantage of this legal loophole that serve cannabis users who do not want to get their drugs from the streets. AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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GO WITH AFP STORY by Desiree Martin A picture taken on April 12, 2013 shows plants of marijuana at the plantation of the Sibaratas Med Can association in Mogan on the southwest coast of the island of Gran Canaria. The plants grow from cuttings for approximately two months and then blossom before being harvested, dried, stored in jars for a month and later processed to be consumed on site. Spanish law prohibits the possession of soft drugs like cannabis in public and its growth to be sold for profit is illegal. But the law does tolerate growing cannabis for personal use and its consumption in private. Dozens of private marijuana smoking clubs operate across Spain that take advantage of this legal loophole that serve cannabis users who do not want to get their drugs from the streets. AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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New York’s Legislature has passed a bill that would create a path to expunge low-level convictions for marijuana and decriminalize possession of greater amounts of the drug following a failed effort at legalization earlier this week.

Democrats say the measure, which now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for approval, is necessary to correct decades of enforcement that targeted people of color.

The new legislation would reduce the penalty for the possession of under 1 ounce of marijuana to a $50 fine regardless of criminal history and a $200 fine for the possession of between 1 and 2 ounces, the Senate said in a release Friday. The bill would also “establish procedures for record expungements for both past and future convictions,” the release said.

The bill passed through the State Senate and Assembly after a push for full legalization didn’t advance in the Legislature on Wednesday.

Cuomo’s office did not immediately return a CNN request for comment about whether he will sign the bill. But the Democratic governor has signaled his support for policies decriminalizing or legalizing the possession of recreational marijuana, saying such measures could right “social crimes.”

Policing of the drug “victimized black and brown generations with convictions that then hurt them for the rest of their lives. And it was enforced in a discriminatory way,” Cuomo said on WAMC-FM 90.3 Thursday night. “So the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in less than an ounce is a major, major step forward.”

The bill would “bring hope and relief to thousands of New Yorkers through the expungement of low-level marijuana records and by preventing unnecessary arrests for small amounts of marijuana,” Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes of Buffalo said in a statement.

While the push for full legalization was unsuccessful this session, state Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the bill for full legalization, said it is “only a delay.” Progressive lawmakers will continue the push for legalization next year, she said.

In 1977, New York’s Legislature reduced the penalty for possessing 25 grams or less of marijuana to a noncriminal violation carrying a fine of no more than $100 for first-time offenders – as long as the marijuana was in private possession and not in public view.