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R.I. police write about 850 tickets for marijuana

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Rhode Island officials said police officers have written about 850 tickets under the new state law that classifies the possession of small amounts of marijuana as a civil violation. The Providence Journal reported that between April 1, when the law took effect, and the end of July, magistrates levied more than $110,000 in fines for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. About $61,000 of that has been collected. Those cited included 663 adults and 92 juveniles. State Police issued the most tickets, followed by officers in Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pawtucket.

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