Senate Hearing Today on Gov’s Budget

HEARING TODAY on GOVERNOR’S BUDGET in the Senate Lounge at the State House. The budget, Article 17 would reduce plant count from 12 to 8, require patients who grow to justify having a caregiver, eliminate the ability to gift to other patients, prohibit MA and CT doctors from signing patient applications,raise possession amount to 3 ounces,and more. Please know that the cultivators association, RI Cannabis Association is reported to be lobbying to eliminate caregivers and reduce plant counts. If having a caregiver is important to you, this would be a good time to let your state Senator know. For info on your state senator:  https://vote.sos.ri.gov/

To read the Article  17:  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/Article-017.pdf

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For Patients & Caregivers Growing in Glocester or Johnston RI

The towns of Glocester and Johnston have zoning ordinances that prohibit  MMj patient and caregiver grows even though they are compliant with all the RI state laws and regulations.

Glocester has an ordinance that prohibits caregiver grows, co-ops and any potential compassion center. Patients may still  to grow 12 mature plants and 12 seedlings but 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.  Read the full text – you may have to cut and paste the  following into your browser:   http://ecode360.com/documents/GL2062/source/LF952390.pdf

The Johnston ordinance lets patients and caregivers grow but only in their own residences, which are now defined as “mmj facilities” subject to: fire department inspections, building department inspections (where appropriate) and obtaining zoning certificates and special permits from the town. The ordinance allows town officials and the Johnston police to enter the homes of patients and caregivers who are growing with no notice and no warrant. Grows are not allowed unless they: have security alarm system, two means of egress, are NOT in a basement, and are not within ten (10) feet of a heating source.

Patient and caregiver grows cannot be within 1500 feet from churches, schools, park, playground, youth center, day care or location where youth congregate. Even if the grow is more than 1500 feet away, the town can still deny a special permit if it determines there would be an “adverse effect”.  Grows must also be 1000 feet from town lines.

The ordinance also requires “proper” ventilation to mitigate the risk of mold, carbon filter to reduce odors, smoke alarms/detectors installed in accordance with State Fire Code and/or to the satisfaction of the Fire Department. Must be sufficiently buffered” so grow will not “adversely affect” surrounding residential uses. Exterior of building must be consistent with neighborhood “to prevent blight and a decline in property values”. Must be 2,000 feet from any future compassion or cultivation center.

No smell. No noise. Grow must be “imperceptible” from the outside.  Cannot try to “enhance THC”.  Cannot extract any “chemicals or oils from the usable or unusable marijuana”.

Both the Glocester and Johnston ordinances conflict with the RI MMj Act. We do not believe they are legal.  We won our lawsuit against Smithfield and were hoping these towns would rescind their ordinances in response. They have not. If you are a patient or caregiver in Glocester or Johnston and you would like a confidential conversation about your options and the possibility of a lawsuit, please contact the ACLU 401.831.7171 or JoAnne at RIPAC: joanne@RIpatients.org. For more info, you can also attend the patient meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7pm in Johnston at 1192 Plainfield Street (APWU Hall). You must have patient or caregiver MMj card to attend.

 

GROW CLASSES. YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP

RIPAC Grow Classes are a fraction of the cost of other classes in New England. We  make these classes as accessible as we possibly can to patients and their caregivers who take the classes for all the right reasons.  Our classes are exclusive.  We will not teach you to grow unless you are legal to grow.  We are committed to preserving the integrity of the MMj Program, so you must be a licensed patient or caregiver. This class is not about growing “weed” or “pot”.  It is about growing medicine for qualified patients. Whether you are new to the MMj Program and have never seen a plant or whether you have some experience, please join us.  You will be glad you did. Mike, our instructor, is the best. Not only is he an amazing grower, he has taught some of the best cultivators in RI.  Here’s a sample:

“These are really great classes. Now I can grow what I need and I know what I’m doing” patient from Coventry.

“Mike has a great way of explaining things. He knows everything,” patient from Warwick.

February 21      Introduction.  Grow room set up, environment

February 28      Selection of containers, mediums, nutrients, water & ph requirements

March 7              Seed germination, transplanting seedlings, cloning, transplanting clones

March  14          Pests and diseases, prevention, treatment of infected plants

March 21           Vegetative growth, vegetative nutrients, transplanting, topping & training

March 28           Flowering cycle, flowering nutrients, patience

April 4               Harvest, drying, curing

April 11            Making concentrates & edibles safely (no potentially hazardous gases) and legally – bubble hash (made with ice), butter & tinctures.   

 Current MMj license must be brought to each class with 25 dollar donation. We suggest registering for all 8 classes but you are welcome to sign up for individual classes.

 Contact  joanne@RIpatients.org with questions or to register. You can also register at Growin’Crazy Grow Shop  (401) 284-0810.  Located at 93 Kingstown Rd. Wyoming RI. Take 95 South to exit 3A.  Follow 138E for one mile. Growin’ Crazy is on your right.  

Massachusetts patients are also welcome.

 

Governor’s budget would add 12 compassion centers, decrease plant count, add acute pain as qualifying condition….

Here are most of the proposed changes in the Governor’s budget for the MMj Progam. If  the budget passes in its current form, we would see the following:  increase in the number of compassion centers by adding 12 retail outlets, decrease in plant count from 12/12 to 8/8 for patients and caregivers with one patient (16/16 for caregivers with 2-5 patients), increase patient possession limit from 2.5 ounces to 3 ounces ( caregivers with one patient would also increase to 3 ounces, caregivers with 2-5 patients would increase to 6 ounces), add acute pain to list of qualifying conditions with 6 month limitation (could use compassion centers, could not grow or appoint caregiver), caregivers with more than one patient would have to show patient “necessity” to be delineated in future DBR regulations (unless family member), patients who are growing would have to justify the appointment of a caregiver (details would be in regulations), protections for cardholders to gift to other cardholders would be prohibited, marijuana “emporiums” would be prohibited, a new category of “manufacturers” who could purchase from cultivators to create cannabis products (edibles, topical, etc) to sell to compassion centers, prohibit MA and CT physicians from signing patient applications, and MA and CT patients would be able to use RI dispensaries. There will be public hearings on the proposed changes at a later date to be announced. The Governor’s budget is House Bill 7200, the MMj changes are contained in article 17 which starts on the bottom of page 345.   http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/H7200.pdf

GROW CLASS STARTING

RIPAC Grow Classes are a fraction of the cost of other classes in New England. We  make these classes as accessible as we possibly can to patients and their caregivers who take the classes for all the right reasons.  Our classes are exclusive.  We will not teach you to grow unless you are legal to grow.  We are committed to preserving the integrity of the MMj Program, so you must be a licensed patient or caregiver. This class is not about growing “weed” or “pot”.  It is about growing medicine for qualified patients. Whether you are new to the MMj Program and have never seen a plant or whether you have some experience, please join us.  You will be glad you did. Mike, our instructor, is the best. Not only is he an amazing grower, he has taught some of the best growers in RI.  Here’s a sample:

“I starting growing because my wife was a MMj patient. She was in the hospital constantly before I learned to produce the strains that she needed. Mike was my teacher. He has an unbelievable ability to explain things. Because of him, my wife has effective medicine and compassion centers asked me to grow for them. People consider me an expert. That is because I learned from Mike. He is a real expert who knows how to teach”. CP, a patient and caregiver from the Providence area

Classes are at Growin’ Crazy on the following Wednesday evenings, 7pm– 9pm:

October 4   Introduction.  Grow room set up, environment

October 11   Selection of containers, mediums, nutrients, water & ph requirements

October 18    Seed germination, transplanting seedlings, cloning, transplanting clones

October 25     Pests and diseases, prevention, treatment of infected plants

November 1  Vegetative growth, vegetative nutrients, transplanting, topping & training

November 8   Flowering cycle, flowering nutrients, patience

November 15 Harvest, drying, curing

November 22   Holiday (night before Thanksgiving) no class

November 29  Making concentrates safely – bubble hash (with ice), butter & tinctures

 Current MMj license must be brought to each class with 25 dollar donation. 

We suggest registering for all 8 classes (but that is not required).

 Contact  joanne@RIpatients.org with questions or to register. You can also register at Growin’Crazy Grow Shop at 93 Kingstown Rd. Wyoming RI. Take 95 South to exit 3A.  Follow 138E for one mile. Growin’ Crazy is on your right.  (401) 284-0810    

REGISTER SOON.   SPACE IS LIMITED