From left, Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth), Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and Sen. Joshua Miller sit for the ceremonial signing of the marijuana decriminalization legislation (2012-S 2253Aaa, 2012-H 7092Aaa), which imposes a civil penalty of a $150 fine for carrying 1 ounce or less, plus forfeiture of the drug. A third offense within 18 months of the previous offense would be treated as a misdemeanor. Representative Edwards sponsored the bill in the House.