Medical pot proponents see law growing pains

Proponents of Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law say challenges it’s currently facing amount to growing pains, as police raise concerns over the law’s potential for abuse.

That comes at the end of a week that has seen U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promise to clarify the Justice Department’s position on medical marijuana laws while visiting the state and the drug arrests of two men with state-issued marijuana licenses.

Federal prosecutors warned in April that Rhode Island’s plans to open large-scale medical-marijuana dispensaries could lead to prosecutions.

State Rep. Scott Slater, a Providence Democrat, said Friday Holder’s comments are encouraging and that police are still working out how to deal with medical marijuana licenses.

medical marijuana supporter Bruce Reilly says fear of police action has made potential licensees reluctant to seek licenses.