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Updated Rhode Island Marijuana Penalties (as of April 1st, 2013)

Posted by Matthew Marin | May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

As of April 1st, 2013, the State of Rhode Island significantly altered the penalties for marijuana possession.  The largest alteration involves the decriminilization of the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.  The penalties for marijuana possession can be seen below:

First (and Second) Offense Simple Possession 
of Less than  One Ounce of Marijuana
- Civil Violation (not a criminal offense)
- Fine of $150 to $600

Third Offense (within 18 months) Simple Possession
of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana
- Criminal Offense (petty misdemeanor)
- Up to 30 days in Jail
- Fine of $200 to $500

Simple Possession of More than
One Ounce of Marijuana
- Criminal Offense (full misdemeanor)
- Up to One Year in Jail
- Fine of $200 to $500    

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is an experienced Rhode Island marijuana defense lawyer.  If you need assistance or are facing Rhode IslandMarijuana Charge, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or[email protected].

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Matthew Marin

My name is Attorney Matthew Marin. I have dedicated my career to defending those charged with criminal offenses throughout Rhode Island. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, we understand that are likely in an unfamiliar situation that can be extremely intimidating and even paralyzing. You may feel as if you do not know where to turn or who to ask for help. Fortunately, you have come to the right place to begin your search for answers and a successful resolution to your situation. We have extensive experience assisting thousands of clients facing drunk driving charges, domestic violence charges, and drug charges throughout Rhode Island.


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