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Virginia is for medical marijuana lovers, with 84 percent of registered voters polled in a recent Quinnipiac University Polling Institute study saying they want legal access for sick Virginians.
But support for medical marijuana doesn’t equal support for the recreational use of cannabis, with 46 percent of people in the same poll agreeing that adult use be tolerated. That could shift in the next few years, however. Seventy-one percent of voters aged 18 to 29 said they want to legalize cannabis.


U.S. Attorney John Walsh issued letters this month to 10 medical marijuana access points throughout Colorado, ordering them to either shut down or move because they are located within 1,000 feet of schools.

The mailing is the third round of threatening letters sent to Colorado dispensaries this year, reports Josh Crank of In January, 23 letters were sent out, and another 25 were mailed in March. All of the dispensaries targeted in those mailings obeyed, either closing or relocating.


The Rhode Island Senate is set to decide on a compromise designed to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the state.

A vote on the legislation has been scheduled for Wednesday, reports The Associated Press. The House is considering a similar bill.
Lawmakers authorized the safe access points so patients in the state’s medicinal cannabis program could have a state-regulated place to get their medication.
But Gov. Lincoln Chafee blocked the three authorized dispensaries from opening last year after the state’s U.S. Attorney threatened they could face criminal prosecution for violating federal drug laws. Marijuana is illegal for any purpose under the federal Uniform Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I drug.

​An overwhelming 68 percent of Connecticut voters support a proposal to allow adults to use marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s recommendation, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Only 27 percent oppose the plan.

There is no gender, partisan group, income, age or education group in Connecticut of which a majority opposed medical marijuana, according to the poll.
“Medical marijuana is supported by Connecticut voters across the board,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.
The group which most heavily supported medical marijuana was self-identified liberals, with 82 percent favoring. The lowest levels of support were found among self-identified Republicans and conservatives, with 51 percent of each of those groups supporting medicinal cannabis. Seventy-five percent of Democrats supported medical marijuana.

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Governor Lincoln Chafee received a threatening letter today from Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.

​Add Rhode Island to the list of states that have received threatening letters from the federal government on the issue of medical marijuana in recent weeks.

Significantly, the Rhode Island letter — delivered to Governor Lincoln Chafee’s office on Friday — unlike all of the other recent U.S. Attorney letters to medical marijuana states, does NOT begin with a line like “In response to your inquiry…”
“That likely means that this legal advice was not solicited by the Rhode Island government, marking an escalation in the feds’ aggressiveness on this issue,” media relations director Tom Angell at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) told Toke of the Town Friday evening.
To date, U.S. Attorneys have only weighed in with threat letters after being contacted by state and local officials.