Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Rhode Island Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Ray at Philly Bits posted this one:
Rhode Island Legalizes Medical Marijuana

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island on Tuesday became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that patients who use the drug can still be prosecuted under federal law.

The House overrode a veto by Gov. Don Carcieri, 59-13, allowing people with illnesses such as cancer and AIDS to grow up to 12 marijuana plants or buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Those who do are required to register with the state and get an identification card...

"I'm sure everybody in this room knows at least one person who would have benefited from medical marijuana," Rep. Thomas Slater, who has cancer, told fellow lawmakers before the vote. Slater said he doesn't use marijuana now but it could become part of his treatment in the future.

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Brave on RI's part, onsidering it flies right in the face of the Supreme Court decision and the Feds.

Back in US History at Rogers High School, we learned about Rhode Island's reputation for defiance in the years leading up to the American Revolution. They were known for scuttling British ships, and blaming it on Connecticut.

I wonder if the soil that grew such fine grapes for the Vikings who first visited from Europe can produce good pot too?


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