Medical Marijuana: Rhode Island Bill Awaits Expected Veto, Override

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #487)
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A bill that would make Rhode Island's medical marijuana law permanent has passed its final legislative hurdle and is now proceeding to the desk of Gov. Donald Carcieri (R), who vows to veto it. But the measure has passed both houses by margins sufficient to override that threat. If so, it would mark the second time in as many years that the legislature overrode Carcieri's veto of a medical marijuana law.

[inline:rhondaodonnell.jpg align=left caption="leading RI patient activist Rhonda O'Donnell, at DC protest"]When passed last year, the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act contained a sunset provision causing the state's program to die June 30 if not re-approved by the legislature. This year's bill actually passed both houses earlier this month, but the final procedural hurdle was cleared when the full House voted this week to pass the Senate version of the bill.

The bill would allow a patient diagnosed as having a debilitating medical condition to possess up to 12 marijuana plants and 2.5 ounces of marijuana. A caregiver could have 12 plants and 2.5 ounces of marijuana for each of up to five qualified patients. The state Health Department would register patients and caregivers.

The bill has been pushed by a coalition of medical, legal, and drug reform groups, the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition. It appears the group is just a veto override vote away from victory.

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Anonymous (not verified)

got to love the kind folks of r.i. they are my kind of people

Fri, 05/25/2007 - 6:01pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

Whomever is against the medical use of marijuana doesnt understand the positive aspects of the uses of the drug. I have Multiple Sclerosis and it seems its the only way I can ease the pain, spasms, and mood swings that come with this disease. If your carefull and discrete with the drug so no kids can get a hold of it then theres nothing to worry about.

Thu, 05/31/2007 - 10:45am Permalink

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