It’s happening. The sale of recreational marijuana to adults 21-and-older begins Thursday. Last May, the Rhode Island legislature legalized recreational marijuana use for adults, allowing a limited number of existing dispensaries to start selling on December 1st (new operations will open once they have cleared various regulatory hurdles and such). Here in Providence we have […]
Good news! Following floor debates in both chambers of the General Assembly earlier today, a majority of Rhode Island legislators have approved legislation to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults. Governor McKee who has previously indicated he would sign the measure. With the governor’s approval, Rhode Island will become the 19th state to end
Contact your representatives in the general assembly and let them know that you support Senator Josh Miller’s plan for awarding retail pot licenses, as opposed to the governor’s alternate proposal. (It would appear that this is finally the year that Rhode Island will be legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, joining New York, New Jersey,
Could this be the year? The conversation surrounding the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults sounds different this year. Once again, as he has done every year for at least a decade, Senator Josh Miller — along with Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey — has introduced a bill that would do just that. According
It’s inevitable and has been for some time. But it could have been up and running by now — bringing in much needed revenue for the state coffers — had it not been for the blinkered, outgoing House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. Of course, Massachusetts has already stolen the march on us by building up several
Noted set designer, and longtime Providence resident, Eugene Lee (Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show, Sweeney Todd, Wicked) has teamed up with acclaimed restaurant designer Kyla Coburn (Loie Fuller, Troop, The Grange, The Avery) to design interiors for cannabis dispensaries. They are working in conjunction with Smokin’ Interiors in Warwick. Managing partner Rick Granoff has been
(9.23) The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) will host their annual Medical Cannabis Festival this Saturday at the Bell Street Chapel. This is a time for the community to come together, have some fun, good food & music. Get a bargain from Organic Grow Hut or Puffins Smoke Shop, just to name a couple. Win door
Senator Joshua Miller, Representative Scott Slater, and Regulate Rhode Island have announced a proposal to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana starting on July 1, 2018 (the date recreational pot shops are slated to open in Massachusetts) while establishing an advisory board to provide recommendations to the General Assembly on regulating sales and cultivation.
(5.16) “We’ve studied pot long enough!” so say State Senator Josh Miller and Representative Scott Slater in their excellent column in Thursday’s Providence Journal*. They are the primary sponsors of the legislation to legalize marijuana. And they have been pushing for marijuana reform for years now. This year there is an alternate bill competing for
“Enjoy 4/20, but remember: Marijuana is not going to legalize itself.” So says Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority. Governor Raimondo’s number is 401-222-2080 and she is well aware of the economic issues at stake this year. Free college? Cut the car tax? How do we pay for all this? Here are some useful arguments from
This could be the year. One very significant wrinkle makes this year different. Massachusetts has now legalized marijuana for adult recreational use and they will soon be hiring construction workers to build grow centers and stores (right on the border). They will be hiring specialists for growing, processing, and testing marijuana. They will be selling
This can be the year that Rhode Island legalizes marijuana for adult recreational use but you have to help. We’ve got the votes — we just need to kick this thing out of committee! So you need to make a phone call or two. Go here to Take Action. (Find your legislators and contact info.
Every year support increases for ending marijuana prohibition and taxing and regulating it like alcohol. Regulate RI reports that 3 out of 5 Rhode Islanders now support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. The poll found that in Providence, support is at 62%. In Newport it’s 64%. And here’s a message for the House Speaker
We are back. Legislation to tax and regulate marijuana — making marijuana legal for adult recreational use — will be introduced in the new legislative session by Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) and Representative Scott Slater (D-District 10), two of the most enlightened and informed legislators on Smith Hill. And a big welcome to newly elected
(12.5) So how did things shake out for marijuana reform in the upheaval of the recent election? The President-elect has, in the past, indicated that marijuana regulation should be left to the states . . . so we could work with that. But then he goes and nominates Alabama senator, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III —
Condemnation for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to keep marijuana listed as a Schedule I drug has been universal. The DEA defines Schedule I drugs, substances, and chemicals as “. . . drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Those in the medical field have argued that it is