Another Shocking Ordinance – Glocester

We were just informed by a concerned citizen that the Glocester Town Council passed an ordinance last month that prohibits caregiver grows, co-ops and any potential compassion center. Patients may still continue to grow 12 mature plants and 12 seedlings but they are required to obtain zoning certificates from the town and are subject to inspections. Among other requirements, the grow space must have two exits and be more that 10 feet from heating source. Cut and paste the following into your browser for the text of the ordinance and the minutes from public hearing:

If you are a patient or caregiver who is growing in Gloster and would be interested in being a plaintiff in a law suit, please email or call the ACLU  401.831.7171. Confidentiality assured.


Last call for GROW CLASS. Starts tomorrow

 GROW CLASS starts tomorrow on April 25 at 7pm -9PM and will meet every Wednesday evening thru June 14. Here’s the schedule:

April 26      Introduction.  Grow room set up, environment

May 3          Selection of containers, mediums, nutrients, water & ph requirements

May 10       Seed germination, transplanting seedlings, cloning, transplanting clones

May 17       Pests and diseases, prevention, treatment of infected plants

May 24       Vegetative growth, vegetative nutrients, transplanting, topping and training

May 31       Flowering cycle, flowering nutrients, patience

June 7       Harvest, drying, curing

June 14       Making concentrates safely – bubble hash (with ice), butter and tinctures

 You will learn to grow safely and legally. MMj license must be brought to each class with 25 dollar donation.  We suggest registering for all 8 classes but that is not required. EMAIL: to register, for more info, location, etc.    REGISTER NOW!  

Meeting tonight in Johnston

RIPAC will be having a meeting this evening, Tuesday, April 25 at 7PM at 1192 Plainfield Street in Johnston at the APWU Hall. We will be talking about current events, the implications of the Smithfield ordinance and what we can do about it. You must have a MMj patient or caregiver card to attend this meeting.

Plaintiffs Needed For Possible Smithfield Lawsuit. They Passed a Shocking Ordinance

Last night the Smithfield Town Council voted to pass the ordinance that eliminates caregivers, reduces patients to two mature and two seedlings, requires town inspection of grows and eliminates co-ops. They made only one amendment – to eliminate any potential compassion center. Despite concerns raised by RIPAC, the ACLU, and Regulate RI, and a couple of the councilors, the Council refused to get better educated and understand the impact on patients. For some reason, it was important for them to pass the ordinance  last night. The Council president remarked that it could always be changed later. But it is in effect now.

Is this ordinance legal? We don’t think so. The ACLU doesn’t think so. Apparently, the AG does think so. If you are growing in Smithfield, or have a caregiver who is growing in Smithfield, and are interested in participating in a law suit, please email and call the ACLU at 401.831.7171 for more information. Also, if you are approached by a Smithfield town official who tells you that you have to shut down your grow or limit your grow to two mature and two seedlings, or submit to an inspection, please contact your lawyer, if you have one. Contact RIPAC and the ACLU as soon as possible. All communications are, of course, confidential.

RIPAC has worked with many cities and towns and many many variations of zoning ordinances. Public hearings are usually the beginning of a productive dialogue as Councilors understand that they have much to learn about the MMj Program and its patients. After months, in one case two years, they pass an ordinance that either does not affect patient and caregiver grows or has minimal effect. Most town and city officials really don’t want to hurt patients. So, once they understand more about the Program and patients, they see their ordinances differently. They also don’t like the idea of being sued.

Smithfield’s approach has been to disregard the needs of patients. Apparently a committee was formed to create an ordinance. No patients, caregivers, or advocates were included or even consulted. The Attorney General’s office apparently played a major role.

Patients and caregivers from Smithfield did not testify at the hearing. We understand their need for privacy. The councilors did not hear from any residents who opposed the ordinance. That is a problem. We encourage Smithfield residents who are not growing but support those who are, to make their feelings known to the Council by email and by phone. They have heard from residents who support the ordinance including a nurse with a low opinion of MMj who stated that Marinol works!

You can view a video of the Council hearing at :

Hearing at State House on Bills to Legalize Cannabis for Adult Use, Double Number of Compassion Centers & more

Hearing was held before the House Committee on Judiciary at 4/11/17  in the House Lounge at the State House. The following bills were  heard:

  • House Bill No. 5555  would establish a system for the regulation and taxation for adult use of cannabis. Would allow adults to grow 1 mature plant and 1 seedling with tags. Tags would cost up to 50 dollars for each plant. Would authorize 4 kinds of cannabis business registrations: at least 25 cultivation facilities, at least 40 retailers, at least 20 processors (permitted to create infused cannabis products such as oils, edibles, and tinctures), and at least 10 testing facilities. Products would be subject to a 23% retail excise tax in addition to the normal 7% sales tax.  MMj Program would continue as is, as its own separate program;
  • House Bill No. 5865 would increase the number of compassion centers from three (3) to six (6) ;
  • House Resolution No. 5551 would create a 15 member commission to review and make recommendations on the effects of legalizing marijuana, and report back to the General Assembly by March 1, 2018;
  • House Bill No. 5103 would make names and addresses of caregivers and cultivators public. This bill is contrary to confidentiality protections and, otherwise does not make sense. It states:  Notwithstanding any confidentiality provisions to the contrary, the names and addresses for person or entity, including state licensed or state registered caregivers or cultivators,  who grow marijuana pursuant the provisions of this chapter for public sale or use shall be public information, subject to release by the department of health. Caregivers do not grow for the public. They can only provide for up to five patients who appoint them through the Health Dept. They do not grow for the public. The addresses of  licensed cultivator grows is already public. Our understanding is that this bill does not have much momentum. We will keep you posted.                                                                                                                                       You can view the hearings on the Capital TV site: