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 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 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’
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economy, Featured, marijuana reform, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged and Taxation Ac, Control, Dominick Ruggerio, Marijuana, Michael Beauregard, Patrick Shea, regulation, Shmuel Barkan, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
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 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 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.
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 Peet Nourjian on April 25, 2015
Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jew The hell religion puts us through Murdering in the name of God Is more than just a little odd One religion commits no crime And you can worship anytime No statues just some sticky weed Rolling paper is all you need Instead of prayer you take a toke The answers show […]
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 Bob Plain on March 2, 2015
“Prohibiting the cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults has proven to be ineffective, unfair, and costly policy for the state of Rhode Island,” reads the Senate version of a bill that would tax and regulate marijuana in Rhode Island. The House version will be introduced at an event Thursday, 3:15 at the State House. […]
By Bob Plain on February 23, 2015
The East Greenwich Town Council is considering implementing a moratorium on medical marijuana compassion centers at a meeting tonight to which Steve Brown, executive director of the RI ACLU, said “I do not believe municipalities have the authority to essentially halt the implementation of the law at their borders.” The formal Town Council agenda is […]
By Bob Plain on February 9, 2015
Governor Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nick Mattiello have both indicated they are open-minded to taxing and regulating marijuana this legislative session. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, on the other hand, said she remains skeptical. “I do remain concerned about the potential health affects,” she said before the start of the Senate session on Thursday. […]
By Regulate RI on February 2, 2015
When enough constituents contact their legislators about an important issue, they often listen. To make sure legislators know that Rhode Island is ready to adopt sensible marijuana policies, Regulate Rhode Island is hosting phone banks every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 143 Prairie Avenue in Providence, RI 02905. Phone banks help drive calls […]
By Jared Moffat on January 29, 2015
Four New England states – Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine – are poised to enact measures to regulate marijuana like alcohol in the next two years. The big question is, which state will do it first? The editorial board at The Providence Journal does not want it to be Lil Rhody. According to them, […]
By Bob Plain on January 20, 2015
House Speaker Nick Mattiello said he’s keeping an open mind when it comes to legalizing marijuana this legislative session. “Right now I have no opinion on marijuana other than I know it’s an issue that will come up and we’ll consider it,” he told me on Friday. “I’m not necessarily opposed, I’m not necessarily in […]