A bill on decriminalizing marijuana will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon, reports Projo.com.
The bill being reviewed would change the penalty for possession of marijuana for amounts of ounce or less.
If passed, the bill would change the penalty to a $250 fine instead of criminal penalties. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana carries a criminal penalty of up to one year in jail and a $500 maximum fine.
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Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) has also introduced legislation to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.
The legislation (2011-H5031), which he first introduced last year, would call for civil fines of $150 per occurrence for those who possess small amounts of marijuana. This legislation is being held for further study.