RI General Assembly Bill to Legalize Marijuana

As reported by Philip Marcelo in the February 20, 2012 edition of the Providence Journal, a new bill was introduced at the Rhode Island General Assembly to legalize marijuana. The proposed bill, H7092, would decriminalize possession of marijuana when the quantity is less than one (1) ounce.

The law currently states pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, 21-28-4.01(c), that possession of marijuana is defined as, it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance, unless the substance was obtained directly from or pursuant to a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his or her professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by this chapter. Possession of marijuana is a criminal misdemeanor. The penalties if convicted of possession of marijuana include imprisonment for not more than one year or fined not less than two hundred dollars ($200) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both.

The proposed bill would make possession of marijuana a civil violation. The proposed penalties include a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) and forfeiture of the marijuana. Possession of marijuana, over one (1) ounce would still be a criminal misdemeanor and subject to the current penalties outlined in R.I.G.L. 21-28-4.01(c).

If your or a family member have been charged with a possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance or other drug charges, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Contact Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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