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URI Student Group to Host Pot Legalization Discussion

Panel discussion hosted by Students for a Sensible Drug Policy

The University of Rhode Island chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy is hosting an upcoming panel discussion about a proposed law that would legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana.

The panel will be held Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom at URI's Kingston Campus.

The event is free and open to the public and panelists include Dr. David Lewis, Professor of Medicine and Community Health at Brown University; Jared Moffat, Executive Director of Regulate Rhode Island; Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, journalists and authors of “A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition”; and Beth Comery, former Providence Police officer and current editor of the Providence Daily Dose.    

“We hope this event will inform the community about the importance of this legislation and will showcase the need for end marijuana prohibition in Rhode Island” said URI Chapter President Eric Casey. 

If the law is passed, Rhode Island would be the third state to legalize and tax recreational marijuana use. The bills was introduced by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) and Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Dist. 1, Providence).

The measure would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to two marijuana plants (only one may be mature) in an enclosed, locked space; establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, and testing facilities; enact an excise tax of up to $50 per ounce on the wholesale sale of marijuana flowers applied at the point of transfer from the cultivation facility to a retail store (a special 10-percent sales tax will also be applied at the point of retail sale); and require the Department of Business Regulation to establish rules regulating security, labeling, health and safety requirements.

Brian Kelly B Bizzle February 23, 2014 at 01:31 PM
The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars. Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer. The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason? Marijuana is much safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink? Let's end this hypocrisy now! The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune. Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it! Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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