Rhode Island

Mon
08
Jun

Matt Fecteau: Rhode Island, Uruguay, and Weed

I am currently in Uruguay, and it is an interesting experience. Uruguay doesn’t get a lot of tourists. There are more cows than people. Not too much to see, but in 2013, Uruguay did something seemingly incredible: it legalized recreational marijuana.

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalize pot.  Unlike countries such as the Netherlands which merely decriminalized marijuana, Uruguay went for full legalization. With the new law, in theory, criminals no longer have a monopoly on the recreational marijuana market.

Typically, when a pot smoking hears the word regulation or legalization of marijuana, they lite up a joint in honor of liberty and freedom. Well, don’t lite up just yet. There are many flavors of this ice cream.

Thu
28
May

Rhode Island Bill Could Legalize Hemp

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Rhode Island’s legislature held a hearing for House Bill 6177, a bill proposing to legalize the growth and sale of hemp within the state. This hearing was scheduled to clear up any misconceptions regarding industrial hemp.

 

Hemp History

Sat
23
May

Church members push to use marijuana during religious services

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Members of a church went to downtown Providence to show it is their constitutional right to use cannabis.

Services are normally held at the home of the church’s leader and former Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidate Anne Armstrong, but the group recently decided to pray publicly at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence. Earlier this week, three members were cited for possessing a controlled substance.

Armstrong says, “This is a very important constitutional issue and if it can’t be decided here. I don’t think there is any hope for America frankly.”

Sat
23
May

Rhode Island: Church service involving marijuana to be held in park

 

ROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Members of a church that uses marijuana in its ceremonies are planning to hold a service at Roger Williams National Memorial.

The West Greenwich-based Healing Church says it’ll lead a ceremony at a well at the park at 8 p.m. Saturday, but members may be at the park as early as 4 p.m. to conduct a “circumambulation” of the park.

Church members this week have been praying at the North Main Street memorial and have received a permit to hold the service there.

Park officials have said the permit allows members of the church to assemble, but not to violate any laws. Church members say the 45-minute service is timed with the Hebrew holiday of Shavuot and the Christian eve of Pentecost.

 

Sat
16
May

Anti-marijuana advocate says treatment levels have reached their highest point in 20 years

"The proportion of Rhode Islanders entering substance abuse treatment primarily due to marijuana use has reached its highest point in 20 years."

Kathleen Sullivan on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

 

When the House Judiciary Committee was considering legislation to tax and regulate marijuana, Kathleen Sullivan, Warren’s substance abuse coordinator, stepped forward to warn the committee about the dangers of marijuana use.

Wed
06
May

Watch: 'Regulate Rhode Island' installs marijuana billboard

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A group supporting the legalization of marijuana got their message across to thousands of Rhode Islanders — by putting it on a billboard.

On Tuesday, “Regulate Rhode Island” unveiled a new billboard on Orms Street in Providence.

The board touts the potential economic impact of legalized marijuana — the group claims regulating and taxing the drug would attract new business and jobs to the state.

The group cited a similar law in Colorado.

Tue
05
May

ACLU Files Medical Marijuana Employment Lawsuit In Rhode Island

I have never been fired from a job before, but I’d imagine it sucks very badly. I have quit jobs in the past, but I’ve never been terminated. If I was terminated for being a horrible employee, then I think I would be more accepting. But if I was fired for something that was unfair, I would be very upset about it. For instance, if I was fired for using a medicine that is legal in the state that I worked in, I would be extremely upset.

Tue
28
Apr

POLL: Majority of Rhode Islanders support marijuana legalization

A new Public Policy Poll shows a majority of Rhode Islanders are supportive of regulating and taxing marijuana similar to alcohol.

The survey conducted from April 6 to April 14, sampled 763 Rhode Island voters and found 57 percent were in favor of changing the Ocean State’s marijuana policies; 35 percent of those surveyed disapproved of marijuana legislation and eight percent said they were unsure. Of the Rhode Islanders sampled, 51 percent identified as politically independent and 83 percent were white.

Mon
23
Mar

5 states rapidly moving toward marijuana legalization

The legislative season is in full swing across the country, and pot is hot -- especially in New England

And we’re not even talking about medical marijuana or decriminalization bills, we’re talking about outright legalization bills.

Wed
11
Mar

Marijuana Growing Facilities “Serious Concern,” Says RI Fire Marshal

The Rhode Island Fire Marshall has said that he has "serious concerns" about marijuana growing facilities in Rhode Island.

State Fire Marshall John Chartier spoke with GoLocal following a five alarm fire on Kinsley Avenue that was put out on Tuesday, where the Cannabis Producer Association of New England (CPA) had been located. 

Chartier said as an investigation is underway that he couldn't speak to the cause of the fire that began Monday night that required mutual aid from additional Rhode Island towns and injured one firefighter, but he did address his concerns about marijuana growing facilities in general in Rhode Island the state.  

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