By Bob Plain on October 17, 2016
Black Rhode Islanders are almost three times as likely to be arrested for drug charges than white Rhode Islanders, according to a new analysis by the American Civil Liberties Association of Rhode Island. “The glaring racial disparities in enforcement of these laws have been going on for too long and must be addressed,” said Steven […]
By Bob Plain on August 13, 2016
The federal government might be comfortable equating marijuana to heroin, crack and meth, but Rhode Island isn’t. At least it wasn’t when Linc Chafee was our governor. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s recent headline-grabbing decision to keep cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug was the result of a request from the Chafee administration in 2011. In […]
By Bob Plain on June 3, 2016
House Speaker Nick Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed haven’t allowed a vote on the five-year-old bill that has proven safe and profitable elsewhere, advocates said at a State House event Thursday.
By Alexander Sharp on May 24, 2016
Rev. Alexander Sharp, of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, wrote this open letter to Bishop Thomas Tobin, the head of the Catholic Church in Rhode Island who recently asked state legislators in a blog post not to make marijuana legal. Dear Bishop Tobin, On May 10, you asserted in a public commentary that all […]
By Bob Plain on May 2, 2016
Lost in last week’s primary election were some other promising poll numbers for progressives. A Public Policy Polling survey found 3 of 4 Rhode Islanders would be more likely to support a candidate who would drastically decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and a Brown University Taubman Center poll found 55 percent of Rhode Islanders […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 12, 2016
Regulate RI, a coalition working to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana in the state, yesterday made the business case for the idea, ahead the House Judiciary Committee taking public testimony on the bill.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 28, 2016
Rep. Scott Slater and Sen. Joshua Miller will host Andrew Freedman, Director of the Governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination in Colorado, for a presentation and Q&A on Colorado’s implementation and oversight of the state’s marijuana laws on Tuesday, March 29 at 3pm in Room 101 of the State House.
Millennial-based orgs praise RI Senate leaders for supporting proposal to regulate and tax marijuana
By Regulate RI on March 23, 2016
In a letter to Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and his colleagues on Tuesday, the Young Democrats of Rhode Island and Students for Sensible Drug Policy thanked the senators for backing legislation that would ‘dramatically enhance Rhode Island’s ability to protect teens, retain graduates, attract young professionals, and create opportunities for a new generation of entrepreneurs’
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2016
Opponents of Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed tax on medical marijuana gathered outside the State House Tuesday evening to raise awareness about what some have called “an absolutely cruel proposal” to tax medical marijuana.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2016
Steve served in Iraq in 2005. After he was injured, the Army gave him morphine and Oxy for his pain. That started a five year addiction to opioids. After cleaning himself up, Steve relapsed, but soon found that medical marijuana helped him deal with his medical issues without the need for opioids.
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By Harry Rix on February 15, 2016
“Churches can be a place where judgment, shame and contempt [for families with felons] are felt most acutely.” Michelle Alexander Time for a pop quiz question. Ready? In what year did the U.S. end slavery? Most agree it’s 1865. Some historians disagree. Their answer: 1942. True, the Triangle Trade’s enrichment of slave shippers ended with […]
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By RI Future on February 12, 2016
Bob Plain and Jon Brien go head to head over marijuana legalization on Wingmen, or they would have, had they actually disagreed. The discussion centered on how to execute the regulation and taxation, not on whether it should be done.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
“Our current policy of marijuana prohibition has created an underground marijuana market that is entirely out of our control,” said Representative Scott Slater. “Most of the problems associated with marijuana stem from its illegal status. Rather than continuing to ignore these problems, let’s adopt a sensible regulatory system that addresses them.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
“I will not only lose my patients, I will lose my purpose in life,” said Smith, who says the anxiety over this proposal has contributed to her suffering. One night, during a particularly bad breathing episode, she comforted herself that perhaps her death might be used to convince the Governor to change her mind.
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By RI Future on February 10, 2016
Colorado’s regulated marijuana system generated more than $135 million in revenue for the state in 2015, including more than $35 million for school construction projects, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
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By Regulate RI on February 8, 2016
We tax alcohol, but not prescription medications. Similarly, it makes little sense to extract revenue from sick people who need marijuana as a medicine while keeping marijuana that is used for fun untaxed and in the illicit market.
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By Harry Rix on January 22, 2016
Under Jim Crow, separate but “equal” treatment was legal. This systemic racism supposedly ended in 1954 with the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision. A new Jim Crow has arisen, however, with discriminatory effects even more powerful than the blatant racism of an earlier era.
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By Elisha Aldrich on August 12, 2015
Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Richard Licht refused to dismiss a case in which a University of Rhode Island graduate student alleged that she was denied employment due to her status as a medical marijuana user. The case, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in November of 2014, concerns URI grad student […]
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By Bob Plain on June 22, 2015
As far as plant species go, hemp and marijuana are pretty similar. They are cousins, if you will, in the cannabis family. But as far as products go, they are vastly different. Marijuana is consumable, and gives people a buzz not unlike alcohol. Hemp is indigestible, and used to make rope and fabric. There is […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
Jared Moffat, director of Regulate RI, a group advocating legislation to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, delivered nearly 500 postcards from constituents within Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s district in favor of the legislation to the Speaker’s office on Wednesday.