medical marijuana

Health Care
3:51 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

House Committee Considers Bills to Legalize Pot, Expand Medical Marijuana

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.

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On Politics
12:53 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Chafee: `Pot for Potholes'' ?

Health Care
4:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

For-Profit Medical Marijuana Consultancy Applies for License

Rhode Island authorities are considering a new application for permission to open a medical marijuana consultancy. B & B Consulting bills itself as a first-of-its-kind medical marijuana "evaluation center."

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RI News
8:26 am
Mon July 1, 2013

First Medical Marijuana Festival in RI Held in Providence

Sign for the first medical marijuana festival, held on Kinsley Ave. in Providence.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island saw its first medical marijuana festival Sunday.  It was held in Providence in a parking lot on Kinsley Avenue.  About two dozen vendors sold marijuana paraphernalia and growing equipment.  It was sponsored by the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, a group that fought to legalize medical marijuana in the state. 

Visiting the festival was Peter Benson of North Kingstown. Paralyzed in a bicycle accident, he takes marijuana to ease the pain of muscle spasms.

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The Pulse
5:10 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Majority Support Medical Pot in New NEJM Poll

To recommend, or not to recommend, medicinal marijuana? That's the question recently posed in a New England Journal of Medicine interactive online poll. To get a feel for physicians' opinions, NEJM presented readers with a fictional clinical situation. Here's the scenario:

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Medical Marijuana Stores: More Spa, Less Pharmacy

Seth Bock, owner of the Greenleaf compassion center.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In April, Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary – the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center - opened for business in Providence. This weekend, the second is scheduled to open in Portsmouth. We visited the Greenleaf compassion center as workers rushed to finish the stylish interior.

The marijuana might be medical, but the retail space is anything but.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Senate Judiciary to Hear Medical Marijuana Bill Changes

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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

    

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

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Health Care
9:44 am
Fri April 5, 2013

State's First Pot Dispensary to Open in Two Weeks

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. 

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.

Two other dispensaries – in Warwick and Portsmouth – are awaiting state approval.

Health Care
1:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

First Medical Marijuana Compassion Center Certified

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.

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.
 

Morning News Podcast
9:45 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

RI's former Attorney General is in Brazil helping law enforcement looking into a deadly nightclub fire.  RI and MA are working out how to best regulate centers which dispense  medical marijuana.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.  Also a special interview by Ian Donnis with US Attorney Peter Neronha.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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