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Marijuana bills pass R.I. House and Senate

June 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 6 (UPI) -- The Rhode Island House and Senate passed matching bills that would decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.

The House bill passed 50-24, while the Senate bill passed 28-6.

The Providence Journal reported possession of an ounce or less would carry a $150 fine. However, three violations within an 18-month period would result in a misdemeanor charge carrying a larger fine or possible prison time.

It wasn't known whether Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican, would sign or veto the legislation, which was passed by the two Democrat-controlled bodies Tuesday.

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