RI House Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill
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RI House Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill
Posted by CN Staff on May 16, 2012 at 17:37:51 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island House endorsed compromise legislation Wednesday that supporters say should allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open without the fear of federal prosecution. The measure now heads to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is expected to sign it into law. Once that happens dispensaries could be open within several months. Under the bill, dispensaries would be allowed to possess up to 1,500 ounces of marijuana. The proposal would also allow law enforcement to inspect dispensaries and give the state police a seat on the board overseeing the facilities. All three provisions were added to assuage the concerns of federal authorities.
"This is a work in progress," said the bill's House sponsor, Rep. Scott Slater, D-Providence. "There are caps in place. ... I think once people see these compassion centers up and running and helping so many people, they'll be proud." The House voted 64-7 Wednesday to pass its version of the legislation. It then approved the Senate version, too, sending the proposal to Chafee's desk. Three state-authorized dispensaries were planning to open last year when Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha warned they could face criminal prosecution for violating federal drug laws. Chafee halted the process, and then worked with lawmakers this year on the compromise. While supporters are optimistic, there's no guarantee the new rules will satisfy federal authorities. After the Senate approved its version of the bill last week, Neronha issued a statement indicating that the U.S. Justice Department remains concerned about "large-scale commercial cultivation and distribution" of marijuana. Neronha warned last year that while patients wouldn't face prosecution, dispensary operators might. "Anyone engaging in such activities is subject to a variety of potential federal criminal and civil remedies, including forfeiture of the real estate where such centers or associated activities are located," Neronha said in his statement. More than 4,400 Rhode Islanders are now enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program. State law allows patients to legally possess small amounts of marijuana to treat conditions including chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures and multiple sclerosis. In 2009, lawmakers passed legislation to set up compassion centers where patients could obtain marijuana in a state-regulated environment. The dispensaries selected by the state last year are the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence, Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick and Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published: May 16, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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