R.I. MMJ Patients Upset With Threat To Prosecute
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R.I. MMJ Patients Upset With Threat To Prosecute
Posted by CN Staff on May 04, 2011 at 05:55:57 PT
By W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer
Source: Providence Journal
Providence --  The growing ranks of patients in the state’s medical-marijuana program are frustrated, depressed and angry with last week’s announcement that the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island is threatening to prosecute and take civil action against anyone involved in the state’s three proposed marijuana dispensaries.JoAnne Lepannen, executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, said that she has been flooded with calls from many of the 3,459 patients in the program designed to help those with chronic pain and other medical maladies cope with the ailments.
“We are having much more of a depression problem,” she said. “We are talking about a population of people with very debilitating illness. People are losing hope. They just want to pull down the shades and give up.”Lepannen is hoping to roust many of the patients from their slumber on Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a rally at the State House rotunda. They will gather to express their disappointment with the federal initiative that Peter Neronha, the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, made public late Friday afternoon. They also will urge Governor Chafee to support the state law that legalized medical marijuana in 2006 and allowed for the establishment of three dispensaries, or compassion centers, to sell marijuana in the state.On Monday, Chafee’s office “placed a hold” on the dispensaries in response to Neronha’s announcement.Rhode Island is one of 15 states and the District of Columbia that permits the sale of medical marijuana. The other two New England states are Maine and Vermont. Like Rhode Island, they are in the process of opening dispensaries.The three Rhode Island dispensaries, Summit Medical Compassion Center, in Warwick; Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, in Providence; and Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center, in Portsmouth, were expected to open for business by late summer. Snipped  Complete Article: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author:  W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer Published:  May 4, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by George Servantes on May 05, 2011 at 15:57:02 PT
Democracy ignored
We are supposed to have this "we the people" democracy and it all sounds nice and fair for all of us, but truth is that democracy is just yet another philosophy or ideology being used to deceive and dominate us the people. People voted for medical cannabis laws but our elected leaders are ignoring will of the people and are still fighting back. Obama lied he wont go against state medical cannabis laws, so now we have clear proof that legislators don't care about will of the people who voted for medical cannabis.
They lie to us, they get elected by our votes but when we vote for medical cannabis they ignore us and fight against our will.
How can this society function if our elected legislators ignore people elected law, lie and cheat us. Are we so dumb so they can always do and say whatever they want and we still follow them like blind sheep.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on May 04, 2011 at 08:42:01 PT
life on hold
So nice of the feds to place compassion on "hold". I guess Democracy can just be placed on "hold" anytime our masters want.Wouldn't it be nice if we could just put Congress on a "hold"?  No, they won't be worrying about us as they bury us and our currency with another $1.5 trillion in debt this year alone.Consider this: the gross revenue of every Wal-mart on Earth is about $550 billion per year.So, just to make up the deficit from ONE YEAR of federal spending alone would require THREE new businesses the size of Walmart to pay EVERY CENT of revenue they receive to the feds in tax. And of course the profit margin of Walmart is likely less than 10%, so it would really take all the profit from THIRTY Wal-mart corporations to cover our deficit for one year.and still they send the thugs out for 800,000 arrests per year. Still they shut down new tax-paying businesses by the hundreds. We are living in a feudal society.
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