By Bob Plain on September 27, 2017
Smithfield can’t restrict the rights of state-licensed medical cannabis growers through its zoning ordinance, said Superior Court Judge Richard Licht in putting a temporary injunction on the town’s new zoning ordinance that restricted caregivers from 12 to 2 plants, among other reductions in their rights. “This decision confirms the legitimacy of Rhode Island’s medical marijuana […]
By Nicole Cordier on June 22, 2017
“It is as if Smithfield has declared war on some of its most vulnerable residents by enacting this ordinance.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Marijuana, News, Rhode Island, Smithfield | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Barton Gilman LLP, C Alexander Chiulli, JoAnne Leppanen, John Meara, Matthew Plain, Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, RI Superior Court, RIPAC, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on June 14, 2017
If the General Assembly enacts a study commission in lieu of legalizing cannabis this year, it will have to do so without the benefit of Regulate Rhode Island, the local NAACP chapter, and DARE. Calling the proposed study commission a “flawed delay tactic,” the pro-pot advocacy group said in an email today that coalition members […]
By Bob Plain on March 23, 2017
When newly elected Senate President Dominick Ruggerio was the majority leader, he was the second Senate sponsor of the bill to legalize cannabis. “I believe that removing marijuana from the black market may make our communities safer,” he told the AP last year. But that doesn’t mean now that Ruggerio is Senate president that the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2017
“Regulating marijuana is the smart and responsible policy from a public health and safety perspective,” said Senator Joshua Miller, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 420.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Marijuana, Massachusetts, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Clergy for a New Drug Policy, jared moffat, Joshua Miller, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, marijuana, marijuana policy project, Regulate Rhode Island, Rhode Island ACLU, Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Rhode Island NAACP, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Rhode Island Working Families, Rhode Island Young Democrats | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on February 17, 2017
The Adult Use of Cannabis Act, or the bill that would legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, was introduced in the state legislature Thursday by Senator Josh Miller and Rep. Scott Slater. Read the bill here. It would allow adults over 21 years old to possess up to five ounces at home and to buy and/or […]
By Bob Plain on February 9, 2017
All the relevant metrics seem to support legalizing marijuana in Rhode Island. A new poll from Regulate Rhode Island show 59 percent of state residents support making cannabis legal. That’s a steady increase from similar polls in past years, said Regulate RI Director Jared Moffat. “We have seen support steadily increasing over the years,” he […]
By Moira Walsh on January 28, 2017
The war on drugs has always been a war on people. Mostly poor people of color, like many of my constituents. As Richard Nixon’s aide John Ehrlichman admitted, the war on drugs was originally launched to target anti-war leftists and black communities. The disproportionate enforcement of drug laws against poor communities of color continues today. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2017
Senator Joshua Miller and Rep Scott Slater will be introducing legislation to regulate and tax marijuana in the General Assembly this year. The legislation is similar to that approved by Massachusetts voter in November.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Marijuana, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged aaron regunberg, Cannibas Regulation Control and Taxation Act, Joshua Miller, Moira Walsh, Office of Cannabis Coordination, Regulate Rhode Island Coalition, Scott Slater | 4 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 7, 2016
I came across two cannabis stories this weekend. The first was about Colorado, the epicenter of the legalization movement, which saw 18,000 new jobs and $2.4 billion in economic activity thanks to taxing and regulating marijuana. The other was about Humboldt County, California, the epicenter of the underground marijuana market, where sex crimes have seemingly […]
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.