By Will Weatherly on June 15, 2018
Buried under mounds of drama surrounding the House budget proposal, up for a vote on the floor Friday afternoon, those considering opening a medical marijuana dispensary in the state can find bad news and a rate hike to make your head spin. The House has stubbornly rebuked Gov. Raimondo’s previous proposal to increase the number […]
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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 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.
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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 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 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.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Health Care, Marijuana, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bobby Brady-Cataldo, Ellen Smith, Gina Raimondo, jared moffat, JoAnne Leppanen, Peter Benson, regulate ri, RI Patient Advocacy Coalition | Leave a response
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 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.
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.
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.
By Elisha Aldrich on June 3, 2015
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday showed overwhelming support for legislation that would legalize marijuana in Rhode Island after its economic successes in both Colorado and Washington. Jordan Wellington, a lawyer with Vicente Sederberg LLC in Colorado, came to speak in support of the legislation, S 510. Wellington has worked closely with Colorado’s state […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2015
Regulate RI has released a poll that shows a solid majority of Rhode Islanders are in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in ways similar to alcohol.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2015
Representative Slater said that Colorado, the first state to make tax and regulate marijuana, “has one of the fastest going economies in the country.” Money spent on legal marijuana products is money denied to organized crime, says Slater, who asked, “Do we allow criminals to control the market? Or do we want the sales to be regulated and taxed?”
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 19, 2014
“There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850. That’s a statistic that you don’t really ever forget,” began Diego Arene-Morley, President of Brown University Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
By Bob Plain on February 13, 2014
Marijuana made it into the local news in two very different ways yesterday. At the State House, two legislators announced they will again push a bill to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Meanwhile, far away from the state capital near the Connecticut border, three young men were arrested for growing and selling pot. […]
By Bob Plain on January 28, 2014
A majority of Rhode Islanders said the state should legalize marijuana, according to a poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling earlier this month January. Respondents were asked: “In 2012, two states — Colorado and Washington — changed their laws to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, for legal use by adults age 21 […]