Rhode Island

Rhode Island Lawmakers to Hold Marijuana Legalization Hearings

Rhode Island Lawmakers to Hold Marijuana Legalization Hearings

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the Rhode Island House will hold hearings on a number of marijuana-related bills, including one that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. A hearing will...
Rhode Island Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Rhode Island Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Legalize Marijuana

On Wednesday, two Rhode Island legislators introduced a bill that would legalize the sale and possession of recreational marijuana by individuals 21 and older. The bill, introduced by Representative...
Marijuana Legalization Considered in Rhode Island

Marijuana Legalization Considered in Rhode Island

On Tuesday, Rhode Island lawmakers heard hours of testimony while reviewing legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana for individuals age 21 and older.  The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing...
Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect Monday in Rhode Island

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect Monday in Rhode Island

Starting Monday, penalties for low level marijuana possession will be decreased in Rhode Island.  This makes Rhode Island the fourteenth state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana....
Marijuana Legalization Legislation Introduced in Rhode Island

Marijuana Legalization Legislation Introduced in Rhode Island

On Wednesday, members of the Rhode Island General Assembly introduced The Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act, which would legalize marijuana for individuals age 21 and older. The legislation...
Rhode Island Physicians Fight Restrictions to the State’s Medical Marijuana Program

Rhode Island Physicians Fight Restrictions to the State’s Medical Marijuana Program

A group of Rhode Island physicians is fighting back against new regulations which limit non-physicians from certifying patients for use of medical marijuana.  The regulations went into effect on...
ACLU Sues Rhode Island Department of Health

ACLU Sues Rhode Island Department of Health

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Rhode Island Department of Health over changes that have been made to the state’s medical marijuana policy. Under the state’s original...
Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

On Friday, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chaffee signed legislation that will decriminalize the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in the state.  This makes Rhode Island...
Rhode Island General Assembly to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

Rhode Island General Assembly to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

Just days after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to decriminalize minor marijuana possession in public, neighbor state Rhode Island may be following suit. A bill that...
Medical Marijuana Caregiver Sentenced to Jail For Growing Too Many Plants

Medical Marijuana Caregiver Sentenced to Jail For Growing Too Many Plants

Erik Johansson, a registered medical marijuana grower, was arrested in September 2010 for growing above the legal amount of medical marijuana plants in his Rhode Island home.  In early...