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US Attorney Still Opposes Medical Marijuana Program

U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha says the department's stance on medical marijuana has not changed after new legislation was introduced last week.

U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha says the Department of Justice does not plan to review  to regulate the distribution of marijuana for medicinal use. 

On his Web site Monday, Neronha released the following statement, claiming the federal department has not changed its opinion on the issue. 

“The policies and position of the Department of Justice on enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in jurisdictions that have under consideration, or have implemented, legislation that would sanction and regulate the commercial cultivation and distribution of marijuana purportedly for medical use, have not changed.

"Therefore, we have not nor do we intend to review or discuss legislation on this topic which, according to media reports, was recently submitted for consideration by the Rhode Island Legislature. To be clear, at no time has there been any contact or communication between any state official and this Office concerning any such legislation.”

Last spring,  in Portsmouth was one of three medical marijuana centers, or compassion centers, in Rhode Island approved for licenses by the Department of Health.

But the process got put on hold by Gov. Chafee in May, after U.S. Attorney Neronha issued a letter saying he did not support the centers. 

On Friday, lawmakers announced the introduction of new legislation, sponsored by Sen. Rhoda E. Perry and Rep. Scott A. Slater, that will put stricter limits on compassion centers. The governor is said to support this new legislation, (2012-S 2555). 

Jane Wolk Wheeler March 06, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Decriminalize and control for safety and quality,
Mike Parent March 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM
He's is Prohibitionist following the prohibitionist line.,. He puts on his blinders and FOLLOWS ORDERS. Sound Familiar. Anyone care to wager that Neronha used marijuana, as did the President, the one before him and the one before him, with no problem. The US ATTY is a tool of govt.policy and not a servant of the people. LEAP member, NYPD, ret
Esoteric Knowledge March 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
In My Opinion: It's called indoctrination, you can't even examine your own beliefs. Usually because they can't stand the slightest bit of logic or thought because the position is so weak and pathetic. U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha is feeding his children with the job of not thinking and being an intollerant of people he can't win a debate against.
John Vit May 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Let's light up the telphone lines: REED 943 3100, WHITEHOUSE 453-5294 LANGEVIN 732 9400, Cicilline 729 5600. Demand that these 4 Federal Folks start the process to remove Marijuana from the Federal Substance Control Act. Nerhona is hanging his hat on that one law. Also consider STATES RIGHTS, where does the Fed get off on disrepecting the RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATURE,, There ae 113 Members in the RI Congress that approved this lawful way for patients to purchase Medical Marijuana. This needs to be resolved today. Call the Senators, Call the Represenatives. Make them get involved. We were the First State to tell the King to go pound sand. We were the last State to join the silly Union. States Rights should always trump the Federal Government when 113 Legislators see fit to create Legislation making this a legal act.

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