medical marijuana en House Committee Considers Bills to Legalize Pot, Expand Medical Marijuana <p>State lawmakers are scheduled to consider several marijuana-related bills this evening. At issue is expanding access to medical marijuana and, once again, legalizing the drug for anyone over the age of 21.</p><p>Seven marijuana-related bills are before the House Committee on Judiciary. One would legalize marijuana for all adults, regulating it like alcohol and taxing sales. That’s been proposed before and failed, but other states have since legalized it.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:51:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32151 at Chafee: `Pot for Potholes'' ? <ul><li>Gov. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:53:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 29625 at For-Profit Medical Marijuana Consultancy Applies for License <p>Rhode Island authorities are considering a new <a href="">application </a>for permission to open a medical marijuana consultancy. B &amp; B Consulting bills itself as a first-of-its-kind medical marijuana &quot;evaluation center.&quot;</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:00:22 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 22720 at First Medical Marijuana Festival in RI Held in Providence <p>Rhode Island saw its first medical marijuana festival Sunday.&nbsp; It was held in Providence in a parking lot on Kinsley Avenue.&nbsp; About two dozen vendors sold marijuana paraphernalia and growing equipment.&nbsp; It was sponsored by the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, a group that fought to legalize medical marijuana in the state.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Visiting the festival was Peter Benson of North Kingstown. Paralyzed in a bicycle accident, he takes marijuana to ease the pain of muscle spasms.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:26:13 +0000 Flo Jonic 17706 at First Medical Marijuana Festival in RI Held in Providence Majority Support Medical Pot in New NEJM Poll <p>To recommend, or not to recommend, medicinal marijuana? That's the question recently posed in a New England Journal of Medicine <a href="">interactive online poll. </a>To get a feel for physicians' opinions, NEJM presented readers with a fictional clinical situation. Here's the scenario:</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 21:10:07 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16025 at Medical Marijuana Stores: More Spa, Less Pharmacy <p>In April, Rhode Island’s <a href="">first medical marijuana dispensary</a> – the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center - opened for business in Providence. This weekend, the second is scheduled to open in Portsmouth. We visited the <a href="">Greenleaf</a> compassion center as workers rushed to finish the stylish interior.</p><p>The marijuana might be medical, but the retail space is anything but.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15940 at Medical Marijuana Stores: More Spa, Less Pharmacy Senate Judiciary to Hear Medical Marijuana Bill Changes <p>The senate judiciary committee is scheduled to hear a <a href="">bill </a>today that tightens the state’s medical marijuana program rules.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin proposed the changes that revise the amount of marijuana a patient can possess and grow.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13372 at Senate Judiciary to Hear Medical Marijuana Bill Changes State's First Pot Dispensary to Open in Two Weeks <p>Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open two weeks from today. The state health department has approved the permit for the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center.&nbsp;</p><p>The facility plans to grow its own marijuana but the first batch of medicine will be purchased from growers who participate in the state’s medical marijuana program. That’s because Slater wasn’t allowed to have any marijuana on hand while it awaited its final permits.</p><p>Two other dispensaries – in Warwick and Portsmouth – are awaiting state approval.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:44:16 +0000 Flo Jonic 13106 at First Medical Marijuana Compassion Center Certified <p>The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued the state's first certificate to operate to a medical marijuana retail store. The Thomas C. Slater compassion center must tell the department when it expects to begin selling marijuana to patients who qualify. But today's announcement means the center can officially open for business.</p><p>Thousands of patients with qualifying medical conditions have registered to be able to buy the drug. They don't need a prescription but do need a doctor to certify they're eligible.<br>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:48:20 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13058 at Tuesday, February 19, 2013 <p>RI's former Attorney General is in Brazil helping law enforcement looking into a deadly nightclub fire.&nbsp; RI and MA are working out how to best regulate centers which dispense&nbsp; medical marijuana.&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.&nbsp; Also a special interview by Ian Donnis with US Attorney Peter Neronha.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:45:57 +0000 Lydia Rogers 10567 at