State marijuana commission: decriminalize it

A state commission to study marijuana prohibition in Rhode Island has just released its final report, in which the group recommended decriminalizing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for 18-year-olds.

“The majority of the Commission agrees that marijuana law reform will not only benefit the state from a budget perspective, but would also avoid costly arrests or incarcerations due to simple possession,” the report reads.

The commission wasn’t unanimous in its conclusions, drawing dissent from some law enforcement officials on the board. No word yet on how Professor of Economics Glenn Loury voted.

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