Rep Slater has delayed the hearing on his bill to address language relating to board members of existing dispensaries having an in to the retail market. Read more here:

On Tuesday, March 26 at the RISE (approximately 5 p.m.) of the House in Room 101 of the State House, the committee will hear testimony on the following bills:

(NORML RI feels that some of these bills provide reasonable alternatives to items proposed in the Governor’s HB5151 Article 20, but this is NOT a hearing on the budget proposal.)

Please note that we have posted the full docket as released, not only the marijuana-related bills.

2019-H 5290, sponsored by Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), prevents employers from refusing to hire or discriminating against individuals for marijuana use and positive test results.

2019-H 5711, sponsored by Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick), decreases the penalties for unlawful possession of a schedule I, II, III, IV, and V controlled substance from imprisonment for 3 years down to 1 year and a maximum fine of $5,000 reduced to a maximum fine of $500.

2019-H 5759, sponsored by Representative Slater, prohibits employer discrimination against medical marijuana cardholders testing positive, allows for civil remedies for medical marijuana cardholders experiencing discrimination, and provides state as sole regulator for compassion centers/medical marijuana.

2019-H 5766, sponsored by Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence), extends the look-back period from five years to ten years for third and subsequent offenses for driving under the influence of liquor or drugs and refusal to submit to chemical testing.

2019-H 5828, sponsored by Representative Slater, establishes a system for the regulation and taxation for adult use and cultivation of marijuana.

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