PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The state of Rhode Island will now allow the creation of
On Tuesday, the RhodeIsland General Assembly voted to override
In 2006, Rhode Island allowed medical patients to possessmarijuana, although there was
“For the more than 600 Rhode Islanders who rely on medicalmarijuana to help relieve the unimaginable suffering that somediseases cause, or to relieve their nausea enough to take food,this will provide not only relief and safety, but also dignity.Sick people should not be forced to associate with drug dealers andthe dark underbelly of society to get the help they need. I’mglad we’re finally recognizing their right to accessmarijuana safely, legally and without needless shame orfear,” said Representative Thomas Slater a sponsor of thebill.
The Ocean State is the third state in the country to allow thesale of marijuana for medicinalpurposes. Right now, 680 patients are registered with theDepartment of Health's medical marijuana program.
Inthe US, thirteen states have recognized medical marijuana:Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana,Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington;although California is currently the only state to utilize"dispensaries" to sell medical cannabis.
There are currently five other US states considering medicalmarijuana bills in their state legislatures: Illinois, Minnesota,New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. South Dakota also hasseveral petitions in interest of medical marijuanalegalization.
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