Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

Legislation allowing those with past marijuana convictions to have the charges expunged (removed) from their criminal record has been signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo (D).

House Bill 8355 and companion measure Senate Bill 2447 allows those with past convictions for crimes involving the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana to petition the court for an order of expungement. It states, “[W]here the court has determined that all conditions of the original criminal sentence have been completed, … the court [will] order the expungement without cost to the petitioner.” The law took effect immediately upon passage,

In Rhode Island, the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana has been decriminalized since 2013.

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Rhode Island Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Legalize Cannabis: “We Should Pass it This Year”

Rhode Island State Senator Joshua Miller and Sate Representative Scott Slater have announced that they will soon file companion bills to legalize cannabis.

“We have a responsible, fine-tuned bill, and we should pass it this year,” Miller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, said at a Wednesday news conference. “This year’s bill addresses the issues that have been raised by the governor and stakeholders; it is streamlined to work effectively with the regulatory structure in place for medical marijuana.”

Miller continued; “Polls of residents in towns across Rhode Island show a majority of voters in our state support this proposal. Our constituents think it is time for lawmakers to pass this legislation, and we should listen to them.”

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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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U.S. Legislative Round Up July 15th, 2016

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

Members of Congress this week heard testimony on the state of marijuana research, and leading members of the US map_leafSenate introduced legislation to potentially reclassify CBD. A medical marijuana initiative in Montana qualified for the November ballot and Governors in three states signed marijuana related bills into law. Keep reading below to get this week’s latest marijuana news and to find out how you can #TakeAction.

Federal:

On Wednesday, members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) held a hearing titled, “Researching Marijuana’s Potential Medical Benefits and Risks”. Testimony was provided by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), who are co-sponsors of the CARERS Act, as well as by officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While several witnesses were asked by the committee whether or not they expected to the DEA to reschedule cannabis, none provided a direct answer. An archive of the hearing is available online here.

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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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Full Rhode Island Legislature Votes to Legalize Hemp with 97 to 7 Vote

hempRhode Island’s full legislature has now passed legislation to explicitly legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

House Bill 8232, which now goes to Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration, states that “Hemp is an agricultural product which may be grown as a crop, produced, possessed, distributed, and commercially traded”. The measure would task the Department of Business Regulations with handling licensed and regulations for the new industry.

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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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