Catharine Leach is married and has two boys, age 2 and 8. She has a good job with a federal contractor and smokes pot most every day.
While she worries that her public support for marijuana
decriminalization and legalization could cost her a job or bring the
police to her door, the 30-year-old Warwick resident said she was tired
of feeling like a criminal for using a drug that she said is far less
harmful than the glass or wine or can of beer enjoyed by so many others
after a long day's work. Like others around the nation working to relax
penalties for possession of pot, she decided to stop hiding and speak
"I'm done being afraid," she said. "People in this country are
finally coming around and seeing that putting someone in jail for this
doesn't make sense. It's just a changing of the time."