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Monday, May 24, 2010

Rhode Island bill latest attempt to subvert right to home growing of medical marijuana

NORML Rhode Island bill latest attempt to subvert right to home growing of medical marijuana
Paul Armentano has posted the latest bill being heard in Rhode Island, HB 7275, which would repeal the current right of Rhode Island patients to grow their own medical marijuana and to freely exchange medical marijuana and plants between registered patients.

I’ve long argued that one of the dangers of putting cannabis in the “medical” frame is that once our opponents realize that they can’t fight the 75%-80% public support for medical use, they will embrace medical marijuana with “of course we support desperately sick people using marijuana!” language while making every effort to restrict that medical use as much as possible. We continue to demand the sick be treated as “patients, not criminals”, so they will acquiesce, but make sure there are as few patients as possible. They’ll work to see that those patients’ medicine be treated like other prescription pharmaceuticals: locked up in pharmacies, requiring strict doctor supervision and government oversight, severe limits on amount possessed, and bans on creating it yourself or buying, selling, or using it without prescription.


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