Question of the Week: Should Rhode Island Decriminalize Marijuana?
Do you think the state should, like its neighbor Massachusetts, decriminalize marijuana? We want to know what you think.
Earlier this week, the Department of Health approved an application by Dr. Seth Bock to open a "compassion center," or medical marijuana center, in Portsmouth. Bock's application was one of only three applications approved in the state.
Bock, who owns and operates the Newport Acupuncture and Wellness Spa in Middletown, intends to open a non-profit medical marijuana center at 200 Highpoint Ave.
Meanwhile, Rep. John Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) is trying again this year to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The legislation (2011-H5031), which he first introduced last year, would call for civil fines of $150 per occurrence for those who possess small amounts of marijuana.
With all these statewide proposals involving marijuana, we want to know what you think about the issue:
Should the state of Rhode Island decriminalize marijuana? Why or why not?
Tell us in the comment section below!