Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Plants-from-hempA bill legalizing hemp has been signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo after being overwhelmingly approved by the state’s legislature with a 97 to 7 vote.

House Bill 8232 makes it so that hemp in Rhode Island “is an agricultural product which may be grown as a crop, produced, possessed, distributed, and commercially traded”. The Department of Business Regulations is tasked with handling licensing and regulations for the new industry.

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PTSD Now a Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition in Rhode Island

mmjGovernor Gina Raimondo has signed into law a bill that makes post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a qualifying medical cannabis condition in Rhode Island. The signing comes after a unanimous vote in the Senate, and a 67 to 1 vote in the House of Representatives.

Under the new law, PTSD joins conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and epilepsy as medical ailments that allow an individual to purchase, possess and use medical cannabis. As with all other conditions, those with PTSD will first need to receive a recommendation from a physician before they can legally use the medicine.

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Rhode Island Legislature Passes Proposal to Make PTSD a Medical Cannabis Condition

ptsdPost traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would be added as a qualifying medical cannabis condition in Rhode Island under a proposal approved by the state’s full legislature. The vote in the Senate was unanimous, and the vote in the House of Representatives was 67 to 1. It now goes to Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration.

If signed into law by Governor Raimondo, or allowed to become law without her signature, PTSD wold join conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and epilepsy that allow an individual to purchase, possess and use medical cannabis, given of course they receive a recommendation from a physician.

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RI: Legislation Allowing Everyone to Grow Hemp Unanimously Passes Legislative Committee

12-11-08hempA bill to legalize the cultivation and production of hemp has been passed unanimously by the Rhode Island House Health, Education and Welfare Committee. The measure, which initially started out as a hemp research bill but was amended to a full hemp legalization bill, now heads towards a vote in the full House of Representatives.

Under the proposed law, those wanting to cultivate hemp would be allowed to do so given they receive a license from the Department of Business Regulation. The licenses would unfortunately have a fairly steep price tag of $2,500, but would be valid for three years.

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Rhode Island Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Add PTSD as Medical Cannabis Condition

ptsdRhode Island’s full Senate has given unanimous approval to a bill that would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives, where its passage will send it Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration.

Under current Rhode Island law, medical cannabis is legal for those with a variety of conditions such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, though it remains illegal for those with PTSD. This new bill would change that, allowing those with PTSD to legally purchase, possess and use cannabis for medical purposes if they receive a recommendation from a physician.

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Rhode Island Attorney General Holding Public Forum on Cannabis Legalization

cannabis240Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is holding a public forum Tuesday, April 5 on on the legalization of recreational cannabis, with a focus on learning from states that have already legalized the plant.

The forum will is being held at Brown University Medical Center in Providence – taking place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – and will include a plethora of speakers including those involved in the legal cannabis industry, representatives from states where cannabis is legal, and other lawmakers including Massachusetts State Senator Jason Lewis.

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