medical marijuana

Medical MJ Festival — Bell Street

(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 […]

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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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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 Beast, Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes,

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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 treatment. Plant taxonomy in general is full of sly references

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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 hope to be open, licensed and providing medicine to patients

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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 from the State House. (This meeting takes place on the

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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 legal and political debate about ‘medical marijuana’ in 1972 when

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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 that those working in the marijuana programs would be exempt

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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 that he kept the marijuana in case his pancreatitis flared

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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 take action against the three licensed dispensaries when they open

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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 selections Tuesday were made from among 18 applicants which proposed

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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 3 Capitol Hill, Providence. The Department requests that anyone who

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