Governor Chafee Signs Rhode Island Decriminalization Into Law
decriminalization measure into law. Last week, both the state Senate and General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill. The new law reduces the possession of up to one ounce of (punishable by one year in jail and a $ 500 maximum fine) to a non-arrestable civil offense — punishable by a $ 150 fine, no jail time, and no criminal record. It takes effect April 1, 2013.Earlier today, Governor Chafee Rhode Island’s
marijuana by adults as a civil, non-criminal offense.– California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, and Oregon — similarly define the private, non-medical possession of
— Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio — treat marijuana possession offenses as a fine-only misdemeanor offense. imposes no criminal or civil penalty for the private possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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New York State Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Measure
medical marijuana for therapeutic purposes, by a 90-50 vote. This marks the third time the Assembly has passed such a measure; however, in previous years similar legislation has stalled in the Senate. Action is now awaited on AB 7347′s companion legislation Senate Bill 2774. You can contact your state Senator and urge them to support this legislation by clicking . You can read the bill text .Only several hours after Governor Chafee put his signature on decriminalization in Rhode Island, the New York state Assembly approved of , which would amend state law to allow qualified patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of