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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 meeting is for you. Community meetings — the only RIPAC […]

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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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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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Coming To A Neighborhood Near You — Mexican Drug Cartels

Rhode Islanders who couldn’t get themselves too worked up about the murderous savagery Mexicans have been visiting upon each other thousands of miles away, may soon get to see the drug wars play out up close and personal. Writing in the Sunday Providence Journal, “A quiet invasion”, Katie Mulvaney reports that state police and drug

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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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RIPAC Community Meeting

All are welcome — the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition is holding a community meeting for patients, caregivers, advocates, and anyone else interested in learning more about medical marijuana. Whether for yourself or for someone in your care, this is an ideal opportunity to talk to others and learn about the medical marijuana program and

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RIPAC Community Meeting

The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition is holding a community meeting for patients, caregivers, advocates, and anyone else interested in learning more about medical marijuana. Whether for yourself or for someone in your care, this is an ideal opportunity to talk to others and learn about the new legislation regarding Rhode Island medical marijuana compassion

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Compassion Centers Get The Green Light

The general assembly has overridden the governor’s veto (see below) and passed legislation allowing the Department of Health to establish as many as three medical marijuana dispensaries.  Rhode Island becomes the third state (New Mexico and California) where patients with a prescription can purchase medical marijuana. So what happens next?  Jesse Stout, executive director of

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Republican Of The Week

According to The LA Times, California Governor Schwarzenegger suggested in a recent press conference that it might be time to revisit the whole marijuana issue. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California should study other nations’ experiences in legalizing and taxing marijuana, although he is not supporting the idea. He says it’s time to debate proposals such

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Show Your Support For Medical Marijuana

Jesse Stout, executive director of RIPAC, the medical marijuana advocacy organization, invites interested parties to join him this afternoon for the Rhode Island Senate Committee on Health and Human Services vote on bill SO185 allowing the Health Department to license a non-profit compassion center to grow medical marijuana for state-approved patients. While it is now

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More Tea News/RIPAC Meeting Tonight

The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition will be holding a community meeting for patients, caregivers and advocates at 55 Hope Street near Wickenden. Whether for yourself or for someone in your care, this is an ideal opportunity to talk to others who have already figured out some of the logistics of complying with the Rhode

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Hearings On Compassion Center

RIPAC executive director, Jesse Stout, has sent along notice that committees of the Rhode Island general assembly will be hearing testimony on the Compassion Center bill (bill summary) tomorrow. The Senate’s Health and Human Services committee (room 212) and the House’s Health Education and Welfare committee (room 135) will be holding simultaneous hearings. (Senator Rhoda

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A Job Posting — Imagine That

RIPAC, the medical marijuana advocacy coalition, is looking for a new leader to take the reins.  Founder and executive director, Jesse Stout, is moving on to new challenges. RIPAC was largely responsible for bringing about Rhode Island’s new medical marijuana legislation, although Mr. Stout is quick to share the credit with the legislators and volunteers

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