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 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 Rhode Island supports making marijuana 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]
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 […]