Saturday, January 26, 2013
A medical marijuana distribution center, with plans to open in Portsmouth, is asking the state to change the address on its permit. The public is welcome to comment on this change.
The Greenleaf Compassion Center in Portsmouth, one of three medical marijuana centers approved by the state to open, is seeking approval for a change of location. The Greenleaf Compassion Center previously planned to open its distribution center at 200 Highpoint Ave., Unit B-6. Seth Bock, who owns and operates the Newport Acupuncture and Wellness Spa in Middletown, is asking the state to approve a new location for this center. Bock now plans to open the medical marijuana center at 1637 West Main Road. Greenleaf’s owners, Seth Bock and Richard Radebach, are personally financing the purchase of 1637 West Main Road through a separately formed Limited Liability Corporation. Greenleaf will become the sole tenant on this property under an …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The new legislation will allow medical marijuana centers to open within months, including one in Portsmouth.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The following is from a State House press release. The House approved legislation Wednesday developed to address concerns about Rhode Island’s medical marijuana compassion centers, moving the state one step closer to allowing patients to safely purchase the drug. The legislation (2012-H 7888A), sponsored by Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), is a compromise developed through talks between the sponsors, legislative leaders and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, who last year halted the issuing of licenses to the three facilities allowed under the 2009 state law establishing compassion centers. The House also approved the Senate version of the bill (2012-S 2555A) sponsored by Sen. Rhoda E. Perry (D-Dist. 3, Providence), which will now be …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Rhode Island Senate approved new legislation Wednesday.
The Rhode Island Senate voted in approval of new legislation developed to address concerns about Rhode Island’s medical marijuana compassion centers on Wednesday. The legislation (2012-S 2555A), sponsored by Sen. Rhoda E. Perry (D-Dist. 3, Providence), is a compromise developed through talks between the sponsors, legislative leaders and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee. The bill will now be forwarded to the House, where Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) is sponsoring similar legislation (2012-H 7888). The House bill was scheduled for a hearing before the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. “What’s important to us is getting the licensing process back on track so the facilities can open and safely get some relief…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha says the department's stance on medical marijuana has not changed after new legislation was introduced last week.
U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha says the Department of Justice does not plan to review new legislation introduced last week to regulate the distribution of marijuana for medicinal use. On his Web site Monday, Neronha released the following statement, claiming the federal department has not changed its opinion on the issue. “The policies and position of the Department of Justice on enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in jurisdictions that have under consideration, or have implemented, legislation that would sanction and regulate the commercial cultivation and distribution of marijuana purportedly for medical use, have not changed. "Therefore, we have not nor do we intend to review or discuss legislation on this topic which, …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
New legislation could result in the opening of a medical marijuana center in Portsmouth.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
A quote from Dr. Seth Bock was added to this post on Friday at 3:10 p.m. Legislative leaders have reached an agreement with Gov. Lincoln Chafee that they say will allow the state's first medical marijuana centers to open their doors, including one in Portsmouth. Last spring, Dr. Seth Bock's proposal for the Greenleaf Compassionate Center in Portsmouth was one of three medical marijuana centers, or compassion centers, in Rhode Island approved for licenses by the Department of Health. But the process got put on hold by Gov. Chafee in May, after U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha issued a letter saying he did not support the centers. A new deal has been proposed and involves new legislation, which will prevent "raids" of these centers by …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Rep. John Edwards introduces a bill that would decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.
Saying it would save the state millions of dollars, Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) is trying again this year to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The legislation (2011-H5031), which he first introduced last year, would call for civil fines of $150 per occurrence for those who possess small amounts of marijuana, according to a press release on the General Assembly Web site Tuesday. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana carries a criminal penalty of up to one year in jail and a $500 maximum fine. “My intent with this legislation remains the same, to provide some relief to the taxpayers of our state,” Edwards said. “In these difficult times, we must look for ways to cut costs …