Doctors Group Exhort Chafee To OK Dispensaries
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Doctors Group Exhort Chafee To OK Dispensaries
Posted by CN Staff on August 23, 2011 at 06:50:07 PT
By W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer
Source: Providence Journal
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Medical Society, an early supporter of the state’s medical-marijuana program, is urging Governor Chafee to issue operating licenses to the three marijuana dispensaries that the Health Department selected in the spring.Dr. Gary Bubly, society president, sent the four-paragraph letter to Chafee and Michael Fine, director of the state Health Department, and said that the establishment of dispensaries, also known as compassion centers, is critical to providing “a source of mechanism for patients to obtain their marijuana in a safe and legal manner.”
“It requires appropriate security and oversight allowing patients to obtain their marijuana in a controlled environment,” he wrote. “Further delay in implementing this law only serves to deny relief to patients suffering from the qualifying medical conditions.”Christine Hunsinger, Chafee’s spokeswoman, said that her office received a copy of the letter last week, but that the governor has not had a chance to review it. She said that Chafee’s staff continues to review what other states across the country are doing in terms of issuing dispensary licenses, and his decision to place the three Rhode Island licenses “on hold” remains in effect.Rhode Island is among 16 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized the use of medical marijuana. In March, following two years of review and public hearings, the state selected the three dispensaries to cultivate and sell marijuana to 3,906 licensed patients.About 200 new patients are entering the program each month.The patients get their marijuana from 2,445 caregivers who are licensed to grow up to 24 plants for up to five patients.The number of caregivers continues to grow, but supporters of the medical-marijuana program say that the dispensaries are still desperately needed. Snipped  Complete Article: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author:  W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer Published:  August 23, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on August 25, 2011 at 10:35:06 PT
In 2012...
 I will get my gypsy boots out on the street. Even if I have to travel to other states to support their fight for freedom. These gypsy boots were made for tramping out tyranny!Alright boots, start walking!
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on August 25, 2011 at 09:26:50 PT
Hope #5 
Boo! Hiss!Looks like it's time for a new Michigan Initiative to permit & regulate Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in the Wolverine State. Or just legalize the whole industry and get Michigan's Law Enforcement some more important cases to pursue! We have the numbers.In the meantime patients & caregivers with standing should appeal to Michigan Supreme Court for an injunction to stay this ruling pending the appeal. Pointed question to Michigan's State Government: Do you really want Medical Cannabis patients to support black market criminals? Are you using the taxpayer-funded resources to the benefit of organized crime? It's also time to consider recall of incompetent Legislators who brought the travesty into the courts.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on August 24, 2011 at 17:01:42 PT
Mich. court bars sale of medical marijuana
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Comment #4 posted by Storm Crow on August 24, 2011 at 16:30:34 PT
I think I will pass that along to my local dispensaries! 
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Comment #3 posted by greenmed on August 24, 2011 at 16:17:33 PT
The dispensaries might band together to form a credit union!According to Wikipedia, a credit union can be chartered by the state, not just the federal government. If a state is already registering dispensaries, they might be predisposed to authorizing registration of credit unions to manage the businesses' funds.On one hand CUs get the dispensaries out of a tight spot, and further legitimizes the industry. On another hand, the feds under an aggressive administration might be tempted to go after what they could view as Ali Baba's cave of treasure, under the pretense of charges of money-laundering.CUs are intrinsically not-for-profit, provide jobs and can do good for their members and their communities.
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Comment #2 posted by CropReport on August 24, 2011 at 14:17:05 PT
Sorry to interrupt
But this has far reaching implications on ANY mmj industry in ANY state. was hoping CN staff would pick it up but I couldn't hold my water any longer.This industry has created thousands of jobs in Colorado including jobs in government. The problem is legacy banking rules designed to thwart drug kingpins are creating compliance issues for the banks that want this line of business.
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on August 23, 2011 at 10:11:26 PT
OT - Putting 2 & 2 Together
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