Chafee: Pot dispensaries on ‘difficult ground’


Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says pot dispensaries like those envisioned for the Ocean State will face challenges as long as the federal government takes a hard line on marijuana.

Chafee, an independent, put on hold a plan to license three dispensaries to prescribe pot to patients after the state’s U.S. Attorney warned in April that it could violate federal law.

Now Chafee says state and federal officials should find “common ground” on the question of dispensaries. Last week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Rhode Island and promised to clarify the federal government’s opposition.

But Chafee says that until federal pot laws are changed, dispensaries will be on “difficult ground.”

He says there’s no timeline for a decision on whether to allow the dispensaries to open.

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