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Rhode Island Lawmakers Discuss “Strictest” Marijuana Legalization Proposal
Government officials in Rhode Island discussed their place among northeastern states that have legalized or will legalize marijuana for adults.
That’s the director of the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Liz Tanner.
Rhode Island’s state-run stores would be the nation’s first, and selection in those stores would be strictly limited.
Edibles would be limited to 5mg THC per package.
Rhode Island apartment dwellers would need permission.
Finally, operators of state-run pot shops would reap less than one-third of the revenue, according to Matt McCabe from the budget office.
Canada Responds to Psychedelics Petition
Responding to the signatures of 15,000 Canadians expressing support for the decriminalization of entheogenic plants and fungi, the Canadian government reiterated the continued illegality of substances like magic mushrooms.
The petition gathered well beyond the 500 signatures necessary to present it to Parliament and received responses from three government agencies.
The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness simply restated the illegality of psychedelics and that “The Royal Canadian Mounted Police … will continue to enforce existing statutes.”
The Minister of Health explained that psychedelics would have to pass a drug review process and be approved by Health Canada to be used for medicinal use, such as the initiative approved by Oregon voters this month.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General redirected to the Ministry of Health, noting it could grant individual exemptions for psychedelic use, as it did for four cancer hospice patients in September.
Mexican Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill
On Thursday, Mexico’s Senate approved a marijuana legalization bill with several modifications.
As written, adults 18 and older would be allowed to possess 28 grams of marijuana and cultivate cannabis plants for personal use.
Among the Senate changes was an increase in the plant count from four to six and removal of a home cultivation licensing requirement.
Lawmakers also added the expungement of past cannabis criminal records within six months of passage.
In another change, marijuana businesses would now be allowed to operate in cultivation, processing, and retail sales, instead of being restricted to just one phase of the market.
The vote was 82–18 with 7 abstentions. The bill moves on to the legislature’s other chamber for approval.
Arizona Law Enforcement Says, “It’s Not Legal Yet”
While voters in Arizona passed Proposition 207 legalizing adult marijuana use by a 3-to-2 margin, some police in the Grand Canyon State are still busting people for toking.
That’s Yuma police spokeswoman Lori Franklin, explaining that the election results have not been certified, so marijuana possession and cultivation is still a felony in Arizona.
While Yuma County in the southwest corner of the state still bristles at the will of the people, county attorneys in Maricopa, home of Phoenix and the state’s most populous county, announced Monday that “this office will begin implementing the will of the voters immediately.”
North Carolina Task Force Recommends Decriminalization
A task force convened for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice in North Carolina has made its recommendation on future marijuana policy.
That’s State Representative and Task Force member Marcia Morey, who explained the motivation behind the recommendation.
The Task Force also recommends that legalization of marijuana be further studied, with an eye toward strict control over commerce.