For the second time this month: Congrats, Rhode Island. Your medical marijuana patients now have somewhere to purchase medical marijuana if you they grow their own.
The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center opened Friday, just in time for the 4/20 weekends that celebrates – among other aspects of cannabis culture – medical marijuana. According to store employees, there was a constant flow of patients.
Currently, the dispensary is selling herb grown by patients and caregivers who are part of the state medical marijuana program. Cultivation director Joel Allcock said they had turned away about 40 percent of the ganja people have brought him for things like mold, mildew and spider mites. The shop will be selling herb exclusively grown by them as soon as their harvest is finished in August.
On the shelf now, however, is some Colorado-bred Bruce Banner, Blue Cheese, Burmese Kush, Cheesequake, Jack Herer, OG 18, SFV OG, Strawberry Cough and a number of other well-known medical strains.
Rhode Island has had medical marijuana laws on the books since 2006, with around 5,050 patients as of the first of the month. Caregivers and patients can grow up to a dozen plants and up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana (caregivers can have 2.5 ounces for every patient they serve).
As we said, this is the second item of positive cannabis news we’ve seen over the last few weeks. Starting April 1, marijuana possession of 28 grams or less is a civil violation in the state, with no jailtime and up to $150 in fines. Police will still take your herb from you, and can still arrest people who don’t have an ID on them or if they give a fake name. Minors under 18 would be fined up to $150 as well, but would also have to complete state-approved drug awareness programs and do community services or the fine would be doubled.