Rhode Island is 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

Marijuana Policy Project is reporting that
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) signed legislation into law on Wed. that will reform how Rhode Island penalizes the simple possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Currently, simple possession can be penalized with a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $200-$500 criminal fine. Under the provisions of the new law  which will take effect on April 1, 2013 most violations of possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will be penalized with a simple civil fine of $150.

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