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
(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
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
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
(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
The good people over at Regulate Rhode Island have been spearheading the effort to pass legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana in Rhode Island. They have been organizing, lobbying, and spreading the word, but now it’s time for you to step up. (Why Regulation?
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
(3.24) Some years ago I was sitting on my couch watching a Lewis Black comedy special. At one point, he took to task the Baby Boomers as a cohort so feckless that they had failed to do the one thing expected of them — legalize
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act (HB-5274) at 4:30pm, Wednesday, February 27th. Passage of this legislation means Rhode Island would join Colorado and Washington state in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults.