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NEW: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill before Senate Committee Today

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

 

A bill that that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana will come before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Josh Miller, D-Cranston, Warwick, would make possession of an ounce or less of pot a civil offense, with a $150 fine. Possession of the same amount by someone under the age of 18 would also be a civil offense, with a fine of $150, plus community service and enrollment in a drug awareness program.

So far, 13 states, including Massachusetts have passed marijuana decriminalization bills.

Existing Rhode Island state law makes possession of less than a kilogram of marijuana a misdemeanor, with a possible sentence of one year in prison and a fine of $200 to $500. (Click here to read a summary of all the legal penalties.)

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is at approximately 4:30 p.m. today in Room 313 at the Statehouse.

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tj monjay

Finally, marijuana should never have been illegal in the first place. It was originally made illegal because hemp was stronger than fabric and it was jeopardizing the large companies wayyyyy back in the day. So the corrupt governments made it illegal so that hemp couldn't take over the market.




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