Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Rhode Island Senate approved new legislation Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Rhode Island Senate voted in approval of new legislation developed to address concerns about Rhode Island’s medical marijuana compassion centers on Wednesday. The legislation (2012-S 2555A), sponsored by Sen. Rhoda E. Perry (D-Dist. 3, Providence), is a compromise developed through talks between the sponsors, legislative leaders and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee. The bill will now be forwarded to the House, where Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) is sponsoring similar legislation (2012-H 7888). The House bill was scheduled for a hearing before the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. “What’s important to us is getting the licensing process back on track so the facilities can open and safely get some relief…
Friday, April 27, 2012
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent a warning letter this week to property owners planning to lease space to medical marijuana centers, including one in Portsmouth.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha took another step this week to prevent medical marijuana centers (or compassion centers) from opening. Neronha sent a warning letter to property owners who are expected to lease space to medical marijuana centers, reports the Associated Press. The U.S. attorney says these property owners could face "forfeiture proceedings," according to the article. The Associated Press spoke with Middletown doctor Seth Bock about the letter. You can read his reaction in the article here. In spring 2011, Bock's proposal for the Greenleaf Compassionate Center 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…
Monday, March 5, 2012
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 new legislation introduced last week 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, …