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R.I. law now says it's not a crime to possess small amounts of marijuana
Providence Journal ^ | April 1, 2013 | W. Zachary Malinowski

Posted on 04/01/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT by Ken H

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - - As of midnight, Rhode Island became the 15th state to decriminalize non-medical marijuana possession, meaning that anyone caught with up to one ounce will get a $150 ticket instead of facing a misdemeanor criminal charge.

The softened penalty is the state's latest move to regulate use of a drug that has become more acceptable. The ball began rolling in 2006, when the General Assembly passed a law establishing a state medical-marijuana program, allowing patients to grow their own cannabis or get it from caregivers, or growers, certified by the state.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugs; drugwar; marijuana; pot; potheads; rhodeisland; ri; tenthamendment; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd

1 posted on 04/01/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
So says the small state.


2 posted on 04/01/2013 9:26:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Ken H

Think this will have unintended consequences?


3 posted on 04/01/2013 9:27:01 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Ken H
meaning that anyone caught with up to one ounce will get a $150 ticket instead of facing a misdemeanor criminal charge.

ANYONE???


4 posted on 04/01/2013 9:30:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Ken H

Just don’t store it inside a Spring Loaded Box that holds more than seven Joints and it’s all good Man.


5 posted on 04/01/2013 9:34:34 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: jwalsh07
Think this will have unintended consequences?

I'm not aware of any in the numerous states that have already decriminalized, so my answer is "no". What do you think?

6 posted on 04/01/2013 9:35:10 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H
I think yes. I'm not much concerned about the occasional pot smoker. I am concerned about the chronic pot smoker sitting on his ass collecting welfare while me and mine pay for it. I also am not much in favor of giving the state more tax revenue to dole out and that is inevitable. That horse is out of the barn. From decriminalization to taxation is a certainty. More government intervention in the affairs of it's citizens. More votes bought. Another protected class. Maybe I'm wrong but I doubt it.

Libertarian ideals can only work in a libertarian state. The hybrid of libertarian drug use with government taxation/regulation is a bastard child that will never do anybody any good.

7 posted on 04/01/2013 9:51:18 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Ken H

Sure. Outlaw guns. Legalize dope. Idiots.


8 posted on 04/01/2013 9:53:07 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: jwalsh07

9/10 potheads are deadbeats. Of all the people I know that smoke it frequently, only 2 hold a job.


9 posted on 04/01/2013 10:15:58 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: jwalsh07
I think yes. I'm not much concerned about the occasional pot smoker. I am concerned about the chronic pot smoker sitting on his ass collecting welfare while me and mine pay for it.

So let's keep arresting them and use your tax dollars for police, public defenders, court time, rehab and/or jail time. You can add pension, salary and health care costs for the public officials involved.

I also am not much in favor of giving the state more tax revenue to dole out and that is inevitable. That horse is out of the barn. From decriminalization to taxation is a certainty. More government intervention in the affairs of it's citizens.

So violent SWAT raids, asset seizure and dog killings are not govt. intervention into the affairs of its citizens?

10 posted on 04/01/2013 10:36:02 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H; Morgana

“anyone”

not just adults?

wwell, there goes the fake libertarian argument that its for adults.


11 posted on 04/01/2013 10:47:04 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
"Under the new law, minors caught with marijuana will have to complete a drug awareness program and perform community service. Half the revenue from fines will be put toward youth education and treatment programs."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/01/us-usa-marijuana-rhodeisland-idUSBRE9300EH20130401

12 posted on 04/01/2013 11:05:13 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

not nearly enough


13 posted on 04/01/2013 11:14:59 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ken H; jwalsh07
So violent SWAT raids, asset seizure and dog killings are not govt. intervention into the affairs of its citizens?

They're protecting our nation's precious bodily fluids.

Oh, and it's for the children.

14 posted on 04/02/2013 7:03:57 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: GeronL; Ken H
"Under the new law, minors caught with marijuana will have to complete a drug awareness program and perform community service. Half the revenue from fines will be put toward youth education and treatment programs."

not nearly enough

What do you advocate? Should minors do hard time?

15 posted on 04/02/2013 7:07:43 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Ken H

Are you retarded? Or are you just playing at it? Put anything you want in your body. I don’t care. I just don’t want to pay for your diapers, your burgers, your rehab or your progeny. And by your I don’t mean you specifically I mean the bigger your.


16 posted on 04/02/2013 10:19:13 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Ken H

Good, maybe the pothead morons will move there and away from me.


17 posted on 04/02/2013 11:46:00 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: jwalsh07

Good or bad, don’t just about all actions have them...I’m guessing there’s a number of folk here that wish for the bad consequences.


18 posted on 04/03/2013 7:19:33 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: JimRed
Good, maybe the pothead morons will move there and away from me.

You pothead-haters can most effectively incentivize them to leave your states if the federal drug laws are repealed.

19 posted on 04/03/2013 8:40:24 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Pothead haters? I define “pothead” as one who regularly uses, to the point of affecting his ability to function normally. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t try to stretch it on.

I don’t hate people who do stupid things; I’ve done my share. But in today’s entitlement climate, when they’ve smoked themselves into unemployability, their hands end up in my pocket because some liberal do-gooder declares their habit to be a disease.


20 posted on 04/04/2013 5:59:10 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
Pothead haters? I define “pothead” as one who regularly uses, to the point of affecting his ability to function normally. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t try to stretch it on.

That shoe isn't even in my closet anymore - I quit about 20 years ago.

I don’t hate people who do stupid things

I shouldn't have used the term "hate." The point remains that you can most effectively incentivize them to leave your state if the federal drug laws are repealed.

21 posted on 04/04/2013 7:36:28 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Ken H; Smokin' Joe; M. Espinola; moneyrunner; 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; ...
Feds Raid Indoor Gardeners, Find Only Tomatoes and Squash Plants

The freaking feds are of control . . .

22 posted on 04/05/2013 6:54:57 PM PDT by ex-Texan (The Time to "Wake Up" is Over !)
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