News Update: Governor Signs RI Decrim Bill and NY General Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director June 13, 2012

    Governor Chafee Signs Rhode Island Decriminalization Into Law

    Earlier today, Governor Chafee signed Rhode Island’s decriminalization measure into law. Last week, both the state Senate and General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill. The new law reduces the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an individual 18 years or older from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by one year in jail and a $500 maximum fine) to a non-arrestable civil offense — punishable by a $150 fine, no jail time, and no criminal record. It takes effect April 1, 2013.

    Eight states – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, and Oregon — similarly define the private, non-medical possession of marijuana by adults as a civil, non-criminal offense.

    Five additional states — Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio — treat marijuana possession offenses as a fine-only misdemeanor offense. Alaska imposes no criminal or civil penalty for the private possession of small amounts of marijuana.

    You can read further coverage here.

    New York State Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

    Only several hours after Governor Chafee put his signature on decriminalization in Rhode Island, the New York state Assembly approved of AB 7347, which would amend state law to allow qualified patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana for therapeutic purposes, by a 90-50 vote. This marks the third time the Assembly has passed such a measure; however, in previous years similar legislation has stalled in the Senate. Action is now awaited on AB 7347’s companion legislation Senate Bill 2774. You can contact your state Senator and urge them to support this legislation by clicking here. You can read the bill text here.

    26 Responses to “News Update: Governor Signs RI Decrim Bill and NY General Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Bill”

    1. d jones says:

      I pray for the day where I can legally get medicinal marijuana!!! I Praise GOD for that day everywhere!!It is a human right to be able to live a somewhat normal life without pain an being sick all the time!! Marijuana helps me to live without being sick as much an no side effects, except to feel better, which medicinal marijuana does!! I have been living in hospitals all my life due to health issues!! I Pray for the day for medical marijuana becomes legal as it should have been along time ago!! Please Pass This Bill!!! PLEASE………… GOD BLESS EVERYONE INVOLED IN THIS URGENT DECISIONS!! PEOPLES LIVES ARE DEPENDING ON THIS DECISION TO MAKE IT LEGAL!!

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    3. Nancy Lee Garrett says:

      Great news, What about Maryland? Maryland is so nonprogressive.`I received a letter from Senator Barbara Mikulski finally she addmitted that she is against legalizing canabis. I think it is time for Mikulski to retire. Come next election I am voting against her.

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