The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Kathy Melvin. The Portsmouth Concerned Citizens group voted recently to oppose pending state legislation, which would place restrictions on planned medical marijuana centers, including one expected to open in Portsmouth.
By an overwhelming margin, the (PCC) membership opposed the efforts of the General Assembly to amend the bill allowing a marijuana compassion center to open in Portsmouth.
These amendments are seen as an attempt by marijuana proponents in the General Assembly to assuage the concerns of the U. S. Attorney Peter Neronha and facilitate a quick opening of the center in Portsmouth.
Reference at the meeting was made to the fact that local government had been completely overlooked in the process leading up to the placement of the center in the Portsmouth Industrial Park. The Rhode Island Department of Health would act as the control agent overseeing prescription applications and the overall facility operation.
Members supported the U.S. attorney in his efforts to insure that the U.S. federal law is adherred to.
The bottom line is, does the placement of a marijuana compassion center in Portsmouth, whose profits depend on a growing number of purchasers of their product, enhance the quality of life in Portsmouth for citizens and students? Members of the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens do not believe it does.
Member, Portsmouth Concerned Citizens