Rhode Island lawmakers pull bill that would have penalized passing the joint
A bill that was introduced by six Rhode Island state senators that would have established penalties for group cannabis use has been withdrawn. The bill would have prohibited a person from hosting an event or gathering of two or more where controlled substances, including cannabis, are consumed. Violators would be subject to fines. A $500 fine would be levied for a first offense, $750 for a second offense, and a $100 fine for any subsequent violation. It’s not immediately clear why these six Senators wished to limit the social use of legal cannabis in such a restrictive manner. Cannabis users have a long history of exercising civil disobedience. Any attempt such as this bill to stop the in-person use of cannabis among friends and neighbors would be impossible to enforce.