There is currently a bill in the Rhode Island General Assembly that would decriminalize marijuana possession – meaning possession of less than an ounce would become a civil offense that comes with a $150 fine, instead of a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and up to a year in jail.

Cash-strapped like many other states and looking for ways to save resources, RI is realizing what many others do: marijuana possession arrests do nothing but waste taxpayer money. In times of financial distress, the little things take on less importance, as they should at all times. Worry about balancing your budget and not about what some guy on the street has in his pocket.

A hearing of  the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night will feature the bill, so if you live in Rhode Island, let your representative know that you want to see this bill passed and marijuana possession decriminalized. Activism in your state is up to you.

Joe Klare

3 Responses

  1. Davesnot Here

    The so-called “War On Drugs” isn’t a war on drugs, it’s a war on marijuana. And more specifically, it’s not a war on marijuana, it’s a war on stoners, on heads, on people that use reefer: YOU and ME – peaceful, job holding, tax paying, otherwise law abiding citizens.

    “Booze is GOOD and reefer is BAD”: that’s the message that’s been pushed on Americans for the past several decades, and mainstream America has drunk the kool-aid.

    It’s way past time for change.

    http://partyseeking.blogspot.com/2011/03/war-on-drugs.html

  2. Max b

    Prohibition is a major factor in cognitive dissonance affecting the minds of marijuana users, afraid of the law just for trying to cope with our crazy paced lives by relaxing to a joint or two after a hard day at work. This is a factor our law makers simply won’t agree with. They go on saying drugs are causing mental illness … No, fear from repression on a daily basis does!

    Alcohol is by far worse than marijuana. Alcohol kills cells ( not only in the brain… In your entire body) while marijuana repairs and protects cells in your body… They don’t want you to stop buying prescription drugs….

    But… It might just be my dissonant brain telling me this… 🙁

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