Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed legislation that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults in Rhode Island.
Will next summer's opening of the recreational marijuana market in Massachusetts impact Rhode Island's medical marijuana demand? An industry leader and a government regulator recently expressed different views to committees of the Rhode Island General Assembly.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued guidance to allow licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to operate as Massachusetts business corporations.
Supporters of recreational marijuana use are still celebrating their legislative victory in Massachusetts. But whether they ultimately will be successful at the federal level still is unclear. While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been sending signals that indicate that a federal crackdown on the use of marijuana may be imminent in states that have legalized such use, actions by Congress and President Trump have been sending other messages and continue to block Sessions from following through on his threats.
The recent wildfires in Northern California have destroyed nearly 6000 structures and have burned over 200,000 acres of land --- an area the size of New York City. The fires also have killed at least 40 people.