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.