January 17, 2020

Larry Berman at 401-222-1408

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

House Judiciary Committee meets on Tuesday to hear medical marijuana bill

 

STATE HOUSE – The House Judiciary Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at the RISE of the House (approximately 5 p.m.) in Room 101 of the State House to hear testimony on legislation (2020-H 7013), sponsored by Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston), which addresses separation of powers issues connected to compassion center licensing statutes and regulations.

The new legislation amends the law passed last year to allow the licensing of six new compassion centers and increase the licensing fee to $500,000 each, removing a provision that required the Assembly to approve resulting regulations developed by the executive branch.

It adds four provisions clarifying intended regulatory limits. Under the legislation, regulators would not be allowed to:

·         limit centers based on geographical zones;

·         prevent any center from growing its own supply of medical marijuana or limit by regulation the number of plants, seedlings or marijuana it may have;

·         require a market demand for new compassion centers to cultivate;

·         lower the limit on the number of patients that licensed primary caregivers are allowed to assist.

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