PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island lawmaker has introduced a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The bill from Rep. John Edwards, a Tiverton Democrat, would make the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a $150 fine. Marijuana possession is now a crime that carries up to a year in prison.
Edwards, who also submitted the bill last year, says it's a waste of money to imprison people for marijuana possession. He says his legislation could save the state millions of dollars in court costs and prison expenses.
Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org.