RI lawmakers to take up marijuana dispensary bill


A plan to allow three medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Rhode Island is set to be reviewed by state lawmakers.

The House and Senate have scheduled hearings on the legislation on Wednesday at the State House.

The proposal would allow the state to restrict the amount of marijuana each dispensary may handle. The plan was crafted in response to warnings from federal authorities that dispensaries could be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws.

The threat of prosecution prompted Gov. Lincoln Chafee to halt the licensing of three dispensaries last year.

Chafee and lawmakers negotiated the new legislation in an effort to allow the dispensaries to open.

Lawmakers voted to authorize medical marijuana dispensaries in 2009 to give medical marijuana users a safe and reliable source for their medication.

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