Senate committee to consider expanding medical marijuana law

March 27, 2007

Associated Press, WPRI Fox News (RI)

A Senate committee is set to consider a proposal today that would permanently legalize medical marijuana in Rhode Island.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will discuss State Senator Rhoda Perry's bill to remove a "sunset" provision in the law. Removing the provision would essentially legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Rhode Island became the 11th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in January 2006.

The law will be repealed on June 30th if legislators don't take action. The hearing will begin at 4:30 PM. The committee will also consider a bill to ban smoking on public beaches.

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