Marijuana

Recreational MJ — On Sale Now

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 …

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Biden Moves On Marijuana Reform

“Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit. . . And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.” Last week President Biden …

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Smokin’ Interiors — Lee And Coburn Spark Up Dispensary Design

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 …

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Marijuana Legalization Rally At State House

(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 …

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Call Governor Raimondo — Legalize Marijuana This Year!

“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 …

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Tell Your Reps — Legalize Marijuana

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 …

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Tax & Regulate Marijuana In 2017 — Now Is The Time

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. …

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59% Of Rhode Islanders Support Legal Marijuana

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 …

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So JWU, How About A Marijuana Major?

Today is 4/20, National Marijuana-something Day so listen up. Legislation to make marijuana legal for adult recreational use is before the general assembly, and director of Regulate Rhode Island Jared Moffat urges us to lead the way here in the northeast. When it comes to the potential economic benefits, being first matters. With 57% support …

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It’s Time To Vote On Marijuana Legalization

A new idea has bubbled up in the general assembly regarding marijuana legalization, and that is the possibility of passing a non-binding resolution instead of holding a vote on the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act currently being introduced to the House and the Senate. Jared Moffat, director of Regulate Rhode Island, wants us to consider …

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Let Marijuana Legalization Go To A Vote

There is unprecedented support in the general assembly this year for legislation that would effectively legalize adult use of marijuana in Rhode Island. The past few years similar bills have not made it out of committee — but look who is already on board this year as co-sponsors. From Jared Moffat director of Regulate Rhode …

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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 idea, she seems to be skipping the crucial legalizing step. …

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Tax And Regulate Marijuana In 2016 — Let’s Do This!

Marijuana reform advocates will be returning to the state house next year in the hopes of convincing the General Assembly that 2016 is the year for Rhode Island to join the forward-thinking states that already regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. “War on marijuana a flop in R.I.” in today’s Providence Journal makes an excellent …

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State Leaders Shown Constituents Support MJ Legalization

This will be hard to ignore. Regulate Rhode Island, a coalition of citizens and organizations committed to ending the costly and destructive policy of marijuana prohibition, is delivering proof to our legislative leaders that many of their own constituents support legislation to regulate, control,  and tax marijuana like alcohol. Last week Jared Moffat, director of …

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