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Invisibleveggie

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Rhode Island Says Yes To Medical Marijuana
    #4349133 - 06/29/05 02:45 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Medical Marijuana? Rhode Island Says Yes
June 29, 2005 - New York Times

The Rhode Island legislature passed a bill yesterday allowing the use of medical marijuana, three weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute those who use the drug for medicinal purposes, even in states with laws allowing it.

The bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 33 to 1 last evening and will head to the desk of Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, who is likely to reject it. Supporters of the bill, which passed the House 52 to 10 last week, are confident they have the necessary three-fifths majority to override a veto and make Rhode Island the 11th state to authorize patients to use the drug.

The law would allow those with a "debilitating medical condition," including cancer, glaucoma and AIDS, to receive a signed statement from their doctor stating they would benefit from marijuana. Patients and their caregivers would be entered into a registry kept by the State Department of Health.

Patients, who must be Rhode Islanders, would receive a state registration card allowing them or their caregivers to grow up to 12 marijuana plants indoors or possess up to 2.5 ounces without being arrested. Doctors would be able to prescribe the drug for only five patients at a time.


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Re: Rhode Island Says Yes To Medical Marijuana [Re: veggie]
    #4354043 - 06/30/05 04:01 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Carcieri Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill
June 29, 2005 - turnto10.com

Governor Says Bill Is Flawed, Could Encourage Marijuana Abuse

PROVIDENCE -- The governor on Wednesday vetoed a medical marijuana bill that enjoyed strong support in both chambers of the General Assembly.

The bill would protect from prosecution seriously ill people who had a doctor's recommendation that marijuana could help them.

In his veto message, Gov. Don Carcieri said the bill is flawed and could encourage marijuana abuse.

"This bill will increase the availability of marijuana on the streets of our state," Carcieri said. He also said the proposed legislation would give Rhode Islanders a false sense of security, since medical marijuana use would remain illegal under federal statues.

Legislators believe they have the votes to override a veto, making Rhode Island the 11th state to permit medical marijuana use. The bill passed 52-10 in the House and 34-2 in the Senate.

Rep. Thomas Slater, the House sponsor, said he was not surprised by the veto, but was displeased.

"The governor has shown no compassion for the people who really need it," Slater said.

He denied that the measure -- which would allow licensed patients to have 12 marijuana plants or 2 1/2 ounces of usable marijuana -- would increase the amount of marijuana available.

"Marijuana is prevalent in the state and it will always be there," he said.

Carcieri's veto came the day after representatives from the Office of National Drug Control Policy visited the governor's policy director.

According to both sides, they reiterated that federal law prohibits medical marijuana use, and said marijuana has not been proved to be a safe and effective medication.

Jeff Neal, Carcieri's spokesman, said they did not explicitly ask for a veto.

Bill supporters say while medical marijuana would still be illegal under federal law, most marijuana possession prosecutions happen under state law.


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Re: Rhode Island Says Yes To Medical Marijuana [Re: veggie]
    #4354576 - 06/30/05 09:46 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

<<Governor Says Bill Is Flawed, Could Encourage Marijuana Abuse>>

Is this guy really so ignorant as to think a bill is going to encourage marijuana 'abuse'? Something as intangible as a law won't change a god damn thing. People who used pot before will continue to use, people that dislike pot will still dislike it, and people that are sick or dying will have an opportunity to obtain it somewhat legally.


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Re: Rhode Island Says Yes To Medical Marijuana [Re: veggie]
    #4355455 - 06/30/05 03:16 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

veggie said:
"Marijuana is prevalent in the state and it will always be there," he said.





Wow, this guy has figured out the ultimate truth.


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Re: Rhode Island Says Yes To Medical Marijuana [Re: veggie]
    #4362464 - 07/02/05 09:32 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

HAHAHA Can anyone else see that marijuanna is rapidly spinning out of federal control. :lol:

With all of these states approvals, it's hit a critical mass which will continue to mushroom exponantially, the feds will have to recognise and legalize, and probably within 5-10 years.

Haha you totalitarian bastards, YOU LOSE!!!

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