Rhode Island’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Monday

By Thomas H. Clarke

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PROVIDENCE – Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer carry criminal penalties in Rhode Island when a legislation signed into law last year decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses takes effect on Monday, April 1.

Presently, possessing cannabis in the Ocean State is classified as a criminal misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a $500 maximum fine.

Starting Monday, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an individual 18 years or older is a non-arrestable civil offense, punishable by a maximum fine of $150 but no jail time, and no criminal record.

 

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