R.I. police write about 850 tickets for marijuana

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.