Rhode Island Man Charged With Marijuana Possession in New York

HARRISON, N.Y. — A Rhode Island man has been charged with possessing about 6.5 pounds of marijuana, according to the news website lohud.com.

Tron R. Griffith, 21, of Woonsocket, was arrested Wednesday, the website said.

The police said they found six large plastic bags of marijuana on the floor.

Griffith was released on $2,000 bail and is to appear Tuesday in Town Court.

Read the article, written by Thomas J. Morgan, in the Providence Journal.


Possession of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor under Rhode Island General Law 21-28-4.01(c)(2)(ii), except in cases where the quantity possessed makes the possession charge a felony.  Upon conviction for a misdemeanor charge, the punishment shall consist of no more than one-year imprisonment, or fines of no less than $200 and no more than $500.

Additional penalties, beyond imprisonment and/or a fine, include:

(i) Perform no less than one hundred (100) hours of community service;

(ii) Attend and complete a drug counseling and education program as prescribed by the director of the department of mental health, retardation and hospitals and pay the sum of four hundred dollars ($400) to help defray the costs of this program which shall be deposited as general revenues. Failure to attend may result after hearing by the court in jail sentence up to one year.

If you, or someone you know, is facing a charge for marijuana possession in Rhode Island, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your rights.  The consequences for a drug conviction can vary depending on the circumstances; however, you have the best chance of suffering minimal penalties if your attorney has a successful track record of defending drug charges.

Attorney John R. Grasso is an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney, and he has a proven record of defending clients against drug charges at both the state and federal level.  As a former police officer, John Grasso will serve as your knowledgeable legal advisor, and defend your rights against the state prosecution from the beginning to the end of your case.