Cannabis (weed, pot, marijuana) has been legalized, decriminalized, or made legal for medical use in a majority of U.S. states. It is scientific fact that cannabis is significantly less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes, yet it remains only decriminalized in RI, where one can receive a $150 fine for even a dollar’s worth of cannabis, and criminal charges for anything over an ounce.
Full-scale legalization is already enacted in neighboring Massachusetts, with licensed stores to sell cannabis to adults over 21 set to open within this year. Our tax dollars will be going just minutes over the border, while innocent Rhode Islanders remain terrorized for using a relatively harmless herb.
Despite petitioning from countless locals that do and don’t consume, and groups like the Marijuana Policy Project, RI has stalled legalizing marijuana for adult consumption for years, on the auspices of a slippery slope of DUIs, and underage usage, and decades old scare-language. This argument has been used over and over again, and continues to prevent legalization bills from being enacted in the RI State Legislator, despite solid statistics from other states and countries showing the benefits of treating cannabis like a soft drug.
RICRU supports the total legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical use. Adults should be able to consume marijuana responsibly, and grow this plant untaxed in or around their homes.
U.S. States that have decriminalized marijuana:
- New Hampshire
- New York
- Rhode Island
U.S. States that have legal medical marijuana programs for sick folk:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
(We try to keep this list as accurate as possible, but laws are changing fast as cannabis reform moves. Wikipedia’s list is more likely to be up to date, but contact us if there is an error or addition to be made.)