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Say ‘No’ To Tax On Medical Marijuana

So, recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and the Denver Broncos just won the Super Bowl — one more argument in favor of legalizing and taxing marijuana here in Rhode Island. And while it appears that our governor is coming around to the whole taxing

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U.S. House To DEA — Stop Raiding Marijuana Dispensaries

The U.S. House of Representatives has actually done something . . . something good. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. On Thursday night the House of Representatives passed a bill that prevents the DEA from raiding state-legal marijuana dispensaries. According to the Daily

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Slater Compassion Center Opens In Providence

The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center is open for business. The amusing names attached to certain cannabis strains may tend to undermine their image as serious medicine but this nomenclature has been evolving over many years and in no way diminishes the validity of the

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Compassion Center Open House

(2.2) RIPAC executive director JoAnne Leppanen invites the public to take a look around the soon-to-open Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center. The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center is having an open house this weekend and offering tours of the Center. They are completing renovations and

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RIPAC Community Meeting

(9.11) The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) will hold a community meeting at their headquarters on Tuesday. This meeting is for anyone who wants to learn more about medical marijuana in RI. If you are interested in becoming a licensed patient or caregiver, this

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RIPAC Community Meeting

(8.14) The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) holds community meetings on the second Tuesday of every month. (The location may change in the future so check RIPAC for updates.) These are the only meetings that are open to the general public. This meeting is

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RIPAC Community Meeting

(5.8) Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) executive director Joanne Leppanen invites the public to learn more about the current medical marijuana situation in Rhode Island at Tuesday’s ‘Community Meeting.’ Get information on becoming a licensed patient or caregiver and find out the latest news

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Chafee Asks Feds To Reclassify Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana advocates rejoice! Maybe Santa can bring a little Christmas Kush to Rhode Islanders in pain and distress. Governor Chafee has joined with Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire in asking federal authorities to reclassify marijuana. The reaction over at NORML, NORML began the entire

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Big Ups For This Republican Governor

Last Tuesday New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie gave the green light to six marijuana dispensaries in his state. Christie, a Republican, who served as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey from 2002 through 2008, said he sought, but never received assurances from the Justice Department

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Would You Believe I Was Holding It For A Friend?

Speaking of pants on fire, the needle is all the way in the red on the ProJo PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter for Republican State Rep. Robert Watson, recently stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in Connecticut and charged with driving under the influence and marijuana possession. Watson’s explanation

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Rally To Support Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Show your support for medical marijuana (you may need it some day) and the newly licensed Compassion Centers by joining JoAnne Lepannen, executive director of RIPAC, in the State House Rotunda today, Wednesday May 4th, at 1pm. Recent news that U.S. Attorney Neronha intends to

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U.S. Attorney Threatens To Prosecute R. I. Dispensaries

And this is why we just need to legalize it. In the mean time, we can’t allow the hard work done by so many advocates and legislators go down the drain, just when access to much-needed relief was on the way for patients who are

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Green Light For Three Compassion Centers

The Rhode Island Department of Health has selected the three applicants who will be authorized to manage the state-regulated medical marijuana dispensaries where licensed patients will be able to purchase marijuana of a predictable quality in a safe environment. According to the Providence Journal, The

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Compassion Center Applications Hearing

Director of RIPAC, JoAnne Lepanen, sends news regarding the upcoming Compassion Center application hearings, The public is invited to comment on any or all of the Compassion Center applications on Monday, February 7 at 10am at the auditorium located at the Department of Health at

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The ‘Toke Alone’ Club*

Among the 18 recent applications for Compassion Center licenses, one is getting all the attention. More surprising even than the proposed location — the venerable To Kalon Club in Pawtucket which had been seeking a new owner — are the names of the license seekers.

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Josh Miller Goes National With Progressive Marijuana Policies

Josh Miller — Senator for District 28, Cranston and Warwick and owner of the Hot Club, Trinity Brewhouse, Local 121 — is now writing to a national audience on the topic of marijuana decriminalization/legalization. Check out the CNBC blog for his thoughtful piece “Rhode Island’s