Senate Judiciary to Hear Medical Marijuana Bill Changes

Apr 11, 2013

The senate judiciary committee is scheduled to hear a bill today that tightens the state’s medical marijuana program rules.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
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Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin proposed the changes that revise the amount of marijuana a patient can possess and grow.

The bill would require what it calls “patient cardholders,” meaning people who are legally allowed to use medical marijuana in Rhode Island, to apply for a separate certificate to be able to grow their own marijuana, up to six plants. 

It would also require what it calls “primary caregiver cardholders," meaning the person a patient designates to help him or her, to apply for a separate certificate to be able to grow plants for their patients, up to six for each. 

The new language in the bill clarifies those amounts and the roles of patients and caregivers.

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