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On Politics
3:59 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Regulate Pot Like Booze?

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A push to legalize marijuana – once again – has returned to the Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses what has become a perennial issue.

Except for speeding on Rhode Island’s roads, is there a law more frequently scoffed at by citizens than the ban on recreational use of marijuana?
As the General Assembly again tackles the prickly issue of legalizing marijuana, it is well beyond the time for rigorous study of a policy that too often devolves into cliché and anecdotal opinion.

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Politics
8:57 am
Wed April 29, 2015

House Judiciary Takes Up Series Of Bills Relating To Marijuana

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The House Judiciary Committee is slated to hear Wednesday a series of bills about marijuana.

One bill proposes to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over.  The drug would be regulated and taxed like alcohol, which proponents say would bring in new tax revenue for the state.  But opponents point to the potential negative impact on health and public safety.

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Health Care
9:11 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Brown University To Host Medical Marijuana Forum

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Brown University hosts a forum Tuesday on legalizing marijuana. The event will feature doctors and researchers with perspective on the health effects of marijuana. 

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The Pulse
11:46 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Medical Marijuana Program: At A Crossroads?

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Several caregivers and patients participating in the state's medical marijuana program have reached out to me recently, offering to educate me about their role and the benefits of the program.

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Health Care
9:18 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Proponents Claim Eliminating 'Caregivers' Would Create Stronger Medical Marijuana Regulation

Medical marijuana has been legal in Rhode Island since 2006.
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A bill that would eliminate caregivers from the state’s medical marijuana program continues to stir up controversy. But a lobbyist behind the bill says his client simply wants more regulation of the medical marijuana industry.

So-called caregivers are allowed to grow a small number of medical marijuana plants for a few patients. They’ve launched a campaign to discredit a bill that would replace caregivers with two growing and distribution centers. Lobbyist Peter Petrarca denies claims the bill would only benefit his client, Rhode Island Growers and Distributors LLC.

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