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RI & CT Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Marijuana As Deadline Looms

Mar 19, 2018
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The legal retail of marijuana in Massachusetts begins July 1. That’s prompted Rhode Island and Connecticut lawmakers to once again consider legislation to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana. Similar legislation failed in both states last year.

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Republican Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill that will make Vermont the first state in the country to legalize marijuana through an act of the Legislature. 

The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts said this week that he can't promise to take a hands-off approach to legalized marijuana. The comments follow a change in federal policy on marijuana, and they come at a time when the Bay State is finalizing plans for the first recreational sales of the drug.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling was responding to concerns from supporters of legalization after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would encourage a tougher stance against marijuana, which remains illegal at the federal level. 

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The state commission set up to study the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana met again Wednesday. The panel heard from representatives from states which have already implemented recreational marijuana.

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Roughly 18,000, that’s the number of Rhode Islanders currently enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program. Members of a new recreational marijuana study commission got an update on that program Tuesday, as they consider whether the state should legalize recreational pot. This was the group's second meeting.

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Once again, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering bills to legalize recreational marijuana. One of those bills wound up with a number that will have special meaning for anyone familiar with pot-smoking subculture.

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Former Governor Lincoln Chafee takes part in Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including Governor Raimondo's approach to economic development; 38 Studios; the PawSox' stadium proposal; marijuana; and more.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his priorities as Senate president; the I-195 District; marijuana legalization; 38 Studios; good government proposals; and much more.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Mar. 7

Mar 7, 2017
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Another Attempt To Legalize Marijuana In RI

Jan 11, 2017
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Once again, Rhode Island lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational use of marijuana. The legislators unveil their proposal today at the Capitol. 

The news comes on the heels of Massachusetts’ recent legalization of the drug (although retail sales have been pushed back to 2018). But lawmakers in Rhode Island have been trying to pass a similar measure in the Ocean State for years. Sponsors include Senator Josh Miller and Representative Scott Slater.

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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

How the changing legality of marijuana affects job searches and employee screenings? That’s the subject of this week’s segment, where Dave and Mark speak with Christine Cunneen, CEO of the firm “Hire Image” of Johnston.

The firm is a provider of background screening, drug testing for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations.

State Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the volume of independents running for the General Assembly, the constitutionality of truck tolls, how power might be more widely shared in the House of Representatives, and much more.

Child Psychiatrists: Don't Legalize Marijuana

Oct 31, 2016
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The Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or RICCAP, is warning against legalizing recreational marijuana. The organization has issued a statement about the drug’s impact on young people.

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