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Marijuana in Rhode Island

Recreation Use of Marijuana by adults is decriminalized

Rhode Island has decriminalized pot, meaning there is no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal use. Possession of small amount for one’s own use is treated like a minor traffic violation.



  • Possession of marijuana up to one ounce by a person age 18 years or older is a civil violation, punishable by a $150 fine, no jail time, and no criminal record.

Smoking in Public:

  • You may not smoke marijuana in public or in any place where you are prohibited from smoking tobacco.

Hash & Concentrates:

  • Hashish and concentrates fall under the definition of marijuana.


  • State law makes reference only to the “manufacture, sale, delivery, or possession with the intent to sell or deliver,” not to simple possession for personal use.

Driving Under the Influence:

  • Possession while driving will result in a driver's license suspension for a period of 6 months. This state has a drugged driving law. People may not drive a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug in their body.

Medical Marijuana:

  • Rhode Island has medical marijuana laws. See http://norml.org/legal/item/rhode-island-medical-marijuana

Use these links for recreational marijuana laws for each New England state:
Marijuana in Connecticut
Marijuana in Massachusetts
Marijuana in Vermont
Marijuana in New Hampshire
Marijuana in Maine

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