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Rhode Island Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana for PTSD; Gov. Expected to Sign
Lawmakers in Rhode Island gave final approval Thursday to a bill that will allow veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program. The bill, House Bill 7142, received unanimous support in the Senate, and passed the House by a vote of 67 to 1. The lone vote against the bill designed to help patients came from Deputy Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick). Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that affects about eight million Americans annually, including many military veterans returning from combat, …
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Rhode Island Legislators Push To Legalize Cannabis For Adult-Consumption
PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island could become the first state on the east coast to tax and regulate cannabis like alcohol. Two prominent lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would legalize cannabis for adult-use in the state. “Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure… Regulating marijuana would allow the product to be sold safely and responsibly.” – Sen. Josh Miller Introduced by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Josh Miller (D-Cranston) and House Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Edith Ajello (D-Providence), the measure establishes preliminary regulations for legal cannabis in Rhode Island. As explained by Sen. Miller, “Marijuana prohibition …
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Poll: Rhode Island Voters Support Legal Cannabis For Adult-Use
PROVIDENCE, RI — Continuing the momentum in favor of cannabis policy reform, a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling reveals that a slight majority of Rhode Island voters would support cannabis legalization for those 21 and over. Participants were asked if they support or oppose changing state law to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington. Of those questioned, 53 percent of voters said they were in favor of “changing Rhode Island law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol.” Only 41 percent …
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Lawmakers In Rhode Island And Hawaii Will Hear Testimony On New Cannabis-Related Bills
Rhode Island lawmakers will hear testimony on numerous marijuana bills this Wednesday, February 27 in the State House. The ‘Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act’, or House Bill 5274, was introduced earlier this month by State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence) to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis sales for adults 21 and over. If the bill passes, it would remove penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis, and allow for up to three mature plants in an enclosed, locked space. The bill aims to reduce the presene of cannabis in the black market by …


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