RI MMJ Advocates: CA a Completely Different World
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RI MMJ Advocates: CA a Completely Different World
Posted by CN Staff on October 10, 2011 at 06:07:28 PT
By W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer 
Source: Providence Journal
Providence, R.I. -- Advocates of Rhode Island’s medical-marijuana program were not surprised when they learned that four U.S. Attorneys in California announced last week that they were cracking down on large commercial marijuana operations that make millions of dollars and supply the drug to hundreds of dispensaries across the state.But, they said, it’s important to note that Rhode Island is nothing like California. The biggest difference is that the licensing of dispensaries in California is not regulated, while state law in Rhode Island permits the opening of just three dispensaries in the nation’s smallest state.
“It’s a completely different world,” said JoAnne Leppanen, executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition. “It’s apples and oranges. The face of the patients has gotten lost in California.”The announcement in California came just days after Governor Chafee issued a statement saying that he would not grant licenses to three dispensaries that the state Health Department selected last spring to provide marijuana to approximately 4,000 patients in the Rhode Island medical-marijuana program.The dispensaries are the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence, Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick and Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth. Chafee, bowing to a threat from Peter F. Neronha, the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, said he was worried the federal authorities might raid the dispensaries and arrest anyone affiliated with their operation.The governor’s decision angered patients and advocates of the program who said Chafee was violating state law by refusing to grant the licenses, and robbing patients of an opportunity to legally buy marijuana from state-regulated facilities.The move by the federal prosecutors in California seems to buttress Chafee’s argument.“Large commercial operations cloak their money-making activities in the guise of helping sick people when, in fact, they are helping themselves,” said Benjamin B. Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. “Our interest is in enforcing federal criminal law, not prosecuting seriously sick people and those who are caring for them.” Snipped  Complete Article: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author:  W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer Published:  October 10, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on October 11, 2011 at 16:41:14 PT
And Rhode Island may not be full
of the prohibitionist kooks that are begging the feds to step in in their states. Which I believe is happening in the states that they are invading.
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Comment #3 posted by schmeff on October 11, 2011 at 10:39:13 PT
“It’s a completely different world”
She said a mouthful.It's a through-the-looking-glass world, where up is down, and all ways are MY (the prohibitionist's) way. Big mouth, in-your-face conservatives who claim to be for smaller government while supporting a politician's right to legislate what we consume.It’s a completely different world all right. If I'm having a nightmare, why can't I seem to wake up?
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Comment #2 posted by Oleg the tumor on October 11, 2011 at 06:32:00 PT:
The Faces of the Patients are lost Indeed…
… Lost in the original report commissioned by Congress after the Supreme Court decision in the Timothy Leary case.
That report pronounced Marijuana as "non-toxic", and recommended against Prohibition.
Many young people today see what the government has done to the baby boomers since the time of Timothy Leary.
Can anyone blame them for wondering if their generation will fare any better?
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on October 10, 2011 at 11:38:30 PT
I agree!
CA = HempWorldLegalizing is the only and best solution.Keeping cannabis/hemp illegal is a crime against humanity, it is our holocaust!
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