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Will RI Decriminalize Marijuana?

June 7, 2010

Update:  Miller says there’s still no movement on the decriminalization bill, but he hasn’t given up hope.  If a vote happens, it’s likely to occur late at night at the last possible minute.

I spoke with Senator Josh Miller today, who’s been the major force behind a bill that would make having an ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense, not a criminal one.  So, people found with a little bit of marijuana would pay a $100 fine, not go to jail.

Miller says he’s not sure if his bill will come to a vote by the general assembly.  It’s part of the horse trading going on in the last few days of the session.  He hopes to know more by tomorrow.  I’ll put any updates here as soon as I get them.

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