In the past few weeks, two medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island have faced legal problems arising from their use of the substance. The cases hinge on a conflict between federal and state laws. Now, new federal legislation seeks to address the problem.
The state’s first medical marijuana vapor lounge opened this weekend in Providence, but the legality of the lounge remains murky.
Elevated Vapor Lounge, located in downtown Providence opened Saturday. Rhode Island medical marijuana patients can utilize the space to vaporize their doctor prescribed product. And since state law bans smoking indoors, vaporizing is only thing allowed.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2006. Federal law continues to ban its sale.
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.
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.
Police say they have made several arrests after a Richmond teenager required medical attention from consuming marijuana-laced candy. One 14-year-old was charged with drug crimes in connection with the incident while another was caught with drug-laced candy and prescription pills. A Chariho High School student was arrested for drug crimes on Monday.
Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson said the candy could have contained more than just THC.