Common Sense for Drug Policy - Link to home page

Sunday, March 26, 2023
Search using CSDP's own search tool or use

WWW Common Sense

Home page

About CSDP

PSA Campaign

Check out these other CSDP news pages:
Anti-Drug Media Campaign
Asia and the US Drug War
Bush's Cabinet
Chronic Pain Management
Communities Against the Drug War
Conferences & Events
DARE Admits Failure
Drug Control Alternatives
Families Targeted by Drug War
Federal Drug Control Strategy
Hemp News
Heroin & Heroin Addiction Treatment
Higher Education Act (HEA) Reform
International Reform
Mandatory Minimums
Medical Marijuana
Narco-Funded Terrorism
New Mexico
New York
Pain Management
Police Shootings & Botched Raids
Prop 36
Racial Profiling
Recommended Reading
Research News
South America
Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration
United Kingdom Moves Toward Reform
United Nations: News and Reports

Drug War Facts

Research Archive

Coalition for Medical Marijuana

Managing Chronic Pain

Drug War Distortions

Safety First

Get Active!

Drug Truth Network


Drug Strategy

Drugs and Terror

Recommended Reading

Site Map

link to 
Drug War Facts - page opens in new window
in the Family

Online Drug Library

Research Resources

Contact Common Sense

Click here for more about Medical Marijuana.


Rhode Island Will Become First State to Officially License Nonprofit Centers to Dispense Medical Marijuana

In spite of Governor Donald Carcieri's veto of a Rhode Island bill that proposed authorization of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, Rhode Island will become, in Huffington Post writer Ryan Grim's words ("Rhode Island Will License Medical Marijuana Shops"), "the first in the nation to have one officially licensed nonprofit center selling marijuana" once the new law goes into effect. "Over time," Grim continues, "the state will license further nonprofit dispensaries." Rhode Island's House and Senate members voted near-unanimously to override Carcieri's veto in mid-June.

Rhode Island will thus become the third medical marijuana state (joining California and New Mexico) to allow patients to obtain their medicine through a dispensary system. As Reason's Jacob Sollum reported on June 19 ("All but Three Rhode Island Legislators Vote to Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensaries"), "Rhode Island Rep. Thomas Slater (D-Providence), a cancer patient who plans to use marijuana for pain relief, told his colleagues, 'This gives a safe haven for those who have to go into the seedy areas to try and get marijuana.'" Indeed, as Grim writes, "a much publicized incident in which a pot dealer beat up a medical marijuana patient" highlighted the state's need for legal, regulated outlets through which patients could obtain their doctor-recommended herb. And thanks to the majority of Rhode Island's legislators, one such outlet will be in operation as early as 2010.

Back to top

Save This Page to

Home Drug War Facts Public Service
Managing Chronic Pain
Get Active About Common Sense Addict In
The Family
Effective Drug
Control Strategy
Drug War Distortions Recommended

copyright © 2000-2007, Common Sense for Drug Policy
Kevin B. Zeese, President -- Mike Gray, Chairman -- Robert E. Field, Co-Chairman -- Melvin R. Allen, Board Member -- Doug McVay, Director of Research & Editor
1377-C Spencer Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603
tel 717-299-0600 - fax 717-393-4953
Updated: Wednesday, July 08, 2009   ~   Accessed: 4011 times
Email us