The State the Size of DisneyWorld That’s Finally Ready to Roll – Marijuana Decriminalization in Rhode Island

images2 The State the Size of DisneyWorld That’s Finally Ready to Roll   Marijuana Decriminalization in Rhode Island   June, a law was passed in Rhode Island that decriminalized small possession of marijuana, but until Monday, the marijuana decriminalization law had gone without action. The state was rushing to smooth out the kinks associated with actually enforcing what the law agreed upon, said state Representative John Edwards, who also helped co-sponsor the measure.  While Rhode Island may be the smallest state, it seems when they finally got around to decriminalizing amounts of marijuana, the title of “small possession” is surprisingly, un-small. In fact, it now takes beyond one ounce, or 28 grams, to invoke criminal charges in the state. Less than this amount triggers a civil offense, as it now does in other states who have joined the pot-band wagon. Being a civil offense means getting caught with the drug now in Rhode Island will get you a fine of roughly $150.00 and you’ll have to hand over the goods. But the law is not all together unforgiving of repeat offenders, even though possessing is no longer an outright crime. Like DUI charges, Rhode Island has instated a three strike you’re out policy - if you get three civil cases in an 18 month period, you’re liable to receive a misdemeanor. Overall, state officials seem hopeful for a future free of harm of the illegal marijuana market and associated detentions and enforcement hours. "I think it's going to save our police a lot of problems," John Edwards claimed Monday. He also went on to point out that many times young adults make reckless decisions once, or twice, in their youth, and under current laws, are left with a criminal record with long term effects, such as difficulty finding employment or gaining university acceptance.  State Senator Joshua Miller, who helped sponsor the new law, says he believes the legislation to be a step in the “right direction” and will quickly result in better chances of success for youth who would otherwise be facing fines, law enforcement, incarceration, and most sadly, a lackluster future. Accepting the drug’s minor decriminalization has also been easier on the state, as it’s neighbors - Massachusetts and Connecticut - have already gone through the process. It seems lawmakers in Rhode Island have been particularly well prepared for the transition, and has a lot of unique programs in place that will hopefully make acceptance of the drug even more commonplace, and reckless use or abuse of the drug, less so. Minors caught with marijuana amounts will be forced to undergo a drug awareness course, and will have to serve community service hours. On top of this, half of the funds received from fines associated with the drug will be funnelled back into these youth awareness programs, as well as treatment centres. It looks like this little state has thought out pretty much everything, and with it’s neighbours along for the ride, the North Eastern US, home of Ivy league universities, massive financial centres and some of the country’s most prestigious think-labs and intelligence bases, may become a little bit less uptight.

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