Rhode Island Investigates Legalizing Marijuana for People Over 21
A little state is making a big ruckus. Out east, Rhode Island lawmakers are reviewing legislation that would legalize the possession of marijuana for anyone over the age of 21. Could you imagine what this would mean if they passed similar laws for residents of Nevada ? No more getting a doctor that recommends marijuana in Nevada or the need to get a medical marijuana card in Nevada. But, lets be honest here. It's probably not going to pass but it's definitely a good start.
Rhode Island lawmakers heard testimony about the bill this past week. The bill, if passed, would make Rhode Island the first state to officially legalize marijuana and institute regulations and taxes on production similar to what is done with alcohol. It would be a great day if one state legalized marijuana, maybe Nevada medical marijuana clinics could get in on the action as well. Nevada is already one of the most progressive states when it comes to personal freedom, so how could Las Vegas medical marijuana muddy up the waters? Marijuana is safer than alcohol, does not cause nearly the social problems as alcohol and even has medicinal properties. So why aren't more states rushing to do what Rhode Island is trying to do?
The state representative who's sponsoring the bill, Edith Ajello, D-Providence, said that legalization would save time and money in court fees, make drug runners obsolete and raise new tax revenue for the state. Some of the same issues that medical marijuana clinics in Nevada have been saying for years. Las Vegas medical marijuana clinics get their fair share of the tax burden but there is still outside interference from the ATF, DEA and FBI who continue to raid dispensaries across the country.
Other Rhode Island officials believe that the state should replace criminal penalties for possession of marijuana with a $150 civil fine. Which is a perfectly reasonable thing to do if we consider the alternative, putting people in jail for possession. Nevada medical marijuana clinics allow people who get a medical marijuana card in Nevada to possess and grow a small amount of marijuana, but Rhode Islands' law would take that to a whole new level. It would be very interesting to see the first state to legalize not be California.
The state has just announced three authorized medical marijuana dispensaries that will function basically like Las Vegas medical marijuana clinics. It's a big step for Rhode Island, they get lost up there in the east coast, but they're making inroads in the medical marijuana fight. Las Vegas medical marijuana clinics and doctors that recommend marijuana in Nevada are standing behind Rhode Islands' bid to see a safe alternative to illegal marijuana. Maybe one of the most forgotten states will make the biggest impact in a war that has dragged on for far too long. It's time to show that marijuana is excellent for health related problems and much safer than alcohol.