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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

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer with an outstanding track record in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With expertise in DUI/DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, he is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. A "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Attorney Marin is committed to staying current with the latest legal developments and giving back to his community through pro bono work.


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