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Cannabis Caucus At Aurora

(9.18) Regulate Rhode Island presents ‘Cannabis Caucus’ Thursday at Aurora, an evening of music and conversation about how our coalition is moving cannabis policy reform forward in Rhode Island. (Facebook page.) We are inviting anyone from the public who is interested in cannabis policy reform

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Marijuana Roundup — Oaksterdam Comes To Town

(8.17) Citing the latest statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Washington Post reported last week, “Forget Colorado or Washington — tiny Rhode Island is the marijuana capital of the United States, at least as measured by the percent of state residents


NYT Calls For Repeal Of Marijuana Prohibition

Comparing marijuana prohibition to the likewise failed noble experiment of alcohol prohibition, the editorial board of The New York Times has called for the federal government to repeal its ban on marijuana — “Repeal Prohibition, Again.” It took 13 years for the United States to

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Providence Prohibition Party

(7.12) 13 Folds Magazine is hosting Providence’s 1st Hemp Festival with live music on indoor and outdoor stages. Also on the schedule are guest speakers, beer tastings and an EDM dance party. Mike Liberty & Dave Death from 13 Folds Radio will host. A portion

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Reg Roundup — Marijuana Reform Update

Last month in his ‘New Rules’ segment on Real Time with Bill Maher, the host had some suggestions for the legalization pioneers in Colorado. (Video and text at Daily Kos.) Now that the people of Colorado have legalized pot for everybody — and not just

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Mayoral Race Etc.

Of all the vote-for-me television spots so far, this one wins hands down. It’s fresh and modern and no maudlin backstory with the obligatory (hard-working/ill/widowed) (single parent/grandma/immigrant) and not boring and thank you. Compare and contrast: Raimondo’s sentimental pandering and Taveras’s formulaic bio. Yawn. I’m

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Marijuana Legislation Forum At Rochambeau

(6.19) Head over to the Rochambeau Library on Thursday for a forum on the marijuana ‘Tax and Regulate’ legislation currently before the general assembly.  Regulate Rhode Island (RRI) will host a panel of advocates from varied backgrounds who will discuss why they believe marijuana should

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Easter In Colorado

According to The Denver Post the date 4/20 has evolved into a music festival holiday with many events at different venues. On tap this weekend, . . . Snoop, Wiz Khalifa, Wyclef Jean, Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Mac Miller, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Talib Kweli, Leftover

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Legalizing Marijuana — Potential Tax Revenues

Testimony will be heard today by the House Judiciary Committee concerning Marijuana Legalization Bill 7506. In addition to the compelling social justice issues, proponents will have a strong economic argument to make to Rhode Island legislators this year, supported by the early news out of

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ProJo Editorial — Legalize Marijuana

I have a piece in today’s Providence Journal — “Drug war has failed; legalize marijuana” — in which I take the ProJo editorial board to task for their recent opposition to the legalization of marijuana. My advocacy concerning the war on drugs and the reform

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Legislation To Legalize And Tax Marijuana In RI

At a press conference last week State Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D-Providence) and State Senator Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) officially announced that they are once again sponsoring a bill to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana — effectively legalizing it for adult recreational use as

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Uruguay To Legalize And Regulate Marijuana

This just in from the PanAm Post: José “Pepe” Mujica, president of Uruguay, wants to radically change the how of fighting drug trafficking — with an alternative to prohibition. . . The problem is not the drug, but the drug trafficking, the mafia, the violence

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Much Ado About Nothing

Our buddy Bob Plain over at RIFuture was cited by East Greenwich police recently for not wearing a seatbelt and having a small amount of marijuana in his car. Bob has of course written up an account of the event at RIFuture. I was given

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Legalize Marijuana? — Debate At Brown

(4.23) Colorado and Washington recently passed voter initiatives to make the sale and cultivation  of marijuana a legally regulated industry — should other states follow their lead? As marijuana legalization is being considered by lawmakers in Rhode Island and nationally, two sides will argue for

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Marijuana Decrim Law Takes Effect Monday, April 1

The marijuana decriminalization law, passed by the general assembly last summer and signed into law by Governor Chafee, will take effect on the first nanosecond of Monday, April 1st. Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer carry criminal penalties in Rhode Island. The