U.S. Attorney in R.I. Threatens To Prosecute
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U.S. Attorney in R.I. Threatens To Prosecute
Posted by CN Staff on April 29, 2011 at 20:37:31 PT
By Gregory Smith, Journal Staff Writer 
Source: Providence Journal
Providence --  U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha Friday threatened to prosecute civilly and/or criminally those involved in Rhode Island’s three planned medical marijuana dispensaries — from the organizations that would run them to the landlords who rent them floor space. The threat was contained in a letter hand-delivered to Governor Chafee’s office in the morning and also sent Friday to the would-be proprietors of the dispensaries.
Jim Martin, Neronha’s spokesman, said the letter is “a reminder” of what he said state officials and the proprietors already know, that it is the policy of the U.S. Department of Justice to prosecute significant growers and distributors of marijuana.Neronha is only now formally advising the governor’s office of his intentions because it was only about six weeks ago that the state Department of Health tentatively approved licenses for three dispensaries, Martin said.“We needed time to review the applications as to the scale and scope of the approved grows” and discuss the proposed licensed operations with Justice officials in Washington, D.C., Martin said.The applications were made public by the Department of Health in November. “We wanted to make everyone aware of the concerns before the state’s issuance of the certificates of registration” that would allow the operations, Martin said. “The most appropriate way is to bring it to the attention of the interested parties” such as the would-be regulators and proprietors, he added.The operators of the three prospective dispensaries have said they plan to open in June and July.Rhode Island is on the cusp of empowering dispensaries that will cultivate thousands of plants and widely sell the plants’ derivatives, Martin pointed out, as opposed to the state’s existing and comparatively modest arrangement of patients and caregivers who may individually grow a maximum of 12 mature plants or 24 mature plants, respectively. Neronha’s letter came as federal prosecutors in California, Colorado and Montana have warned government officials not to pass bills that appear to authorize the medical marijuana industry, according to the Associated Press. Snipped  Complete Article: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author: Gregory Smith, Journal Staff Writer Published:  April 30, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on May 02, 2011 at 12:13:48 PT
George Servantes
When I read an article it is always important for me to notice what is an opinion of the writer and what is an absolute quote. Here is an absolute quote. Many articles were wishful thinking rather then fact.***Excerpt: Attorney General Eric Holder, however, has changed directions. He said the administration will no longer raid dispensaries indiscriminately. The focus, he said, "will be on people, organizations that are growing, cultivating substantial amounts of marijuana and doing so in a way that's inconsistent with federal and state law."***If I am correct growing over 100 plants is a Federal Offense. URL:
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Comment #6 posted by George Servantes on May 02, 2011 at 11:56:56 PT
obama's promise
what happened with presidents office that feds will not go against state medical cannabis laws?
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on May 01, 2011 at 15:06:27 PT
Ben Masel
I never got to meet him in person but I did get to talk to him online a few times back in the old Drug Sense weekend chat. I wish he could have seen his dreams come true in Wisconsin. He'll be missed.Thank you, Ben, for all your efforts.
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Comment #4 posted by Paint with light on April 30, 2011 at 22:33:35 PT
Ben was the ideal activist.Sensible,Coherent,Prepared,Knowledgeable,Always friendly.Legal like Ben wanted.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 30, 2011 at 20:42:49 PT
R.I.P Ben
Prominent Marijuana Activist Ben Masel, 56, Dies of CancerApril 30, 2011URL:
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on April 30, 2011 at 15:33:36 PT
really bad
The RI program is one of the most strict in the world. This really is the cruel tyranny side of the US on display.I hope I don't have to take any flack for not loving Obama or Democrats after this. Will this be enough for people to understand the Democratic party?
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 30, 2011 at 11:38:08 PT
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Boy-Howdy, that should put the herb back on the streets were it belongs. [sarcasm] The federal bureaurat is keeping it real. At least if the herb is kept on the streets the cops will continue to get a large share for free-and not to mention all the asset-forfeitures they will continue to enjoy. This is where cops get the money for their kid's college, their Xmas presents and new fancy cars for their wives and mistresses. They can still bust the schmuck on one corner and sell his herbs to the schlemiel down the street.The feds seem to have had a little judgy conference some place where they were given a pep talk by pharmapseudo-med lobbyist and the politicians they have in their pockets. The Pharma-we-will-kill-you-we-don't-care-were-making-big-bucks industry, is starting to feel the pinch. They are beginning to squeal like stuck hogs [metaphorically], and are bleeding green all over the place! 
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