Gov. Chafee Says No To License for RI Dispensaries
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Gov. Chafee Says No To License for RI Dispensaries
Posted by CN Staff on October 01, 2011 at 10:54:10 PT
By W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer 
Source: Providence Journal
Providence, R.I. -- After five months of delays and indecision, Governor Chafee announced on Thursday that he will not issue licenses to three medical-marijuana dispensaries, a decision that has infuriated medical-marijuana advocates and disappointed thousands of patients who have had problems securing the drug to cope with their medical ailments.In a four-paragraph news release, Chafee said it “has been a difficult decision,” but he said he felt that issuing the licenses would be placing the owners of the dispensaries and anyone affiliated with their operation at risk of arrest and federal prosecution.
“I cannot implement a state marijuana cultivation and distribution system which is illegal under federal law, and which will become a target of federal law-enforcement efforts,” said Chafee in his statement. “Federal injunctions, seizures, forfeitures, arrests and prosecutions will only hurt the patients and caregivers that our law was designed to protect.”Chafee said that he’s committed to improving the state medical-marijuana program, and he wants the General Assembly to introduce legislation in the next session “that will address flaws” in the existing system and not draw the attention of the federal authorities..JoAnne Leppanen, executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, characterized the governor’s statement as “condescending and offensive.”“This is a further slap in the face to patients with debilitating medical conditions in Rhode Island,” she said. “He is hurting patients. He has overstepped his bounds by not following state law. He needs to get out of the way.”said that she and other medical marijuana advocates will turn to the court system to challenge Chafee’s decision.Rep. Scott A. Slater, D-Providence, whose late father, Rep. Thomas C. Slater, D-Providence, championed the legalization of medical marijuana in Rhode Island, called Chafee’s decision “insulting” to the state’s 4,000 medical-marijuana patients.“I think it’s pretty insulting to the patients and the advocates of the program who have worked so very hard for so many years,” he said. “I’m very disappointed.” Snipped  Complete Article: Sam AdamsSource: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author:  W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer Published:  September 30, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on October 05, 2011 at 05:17:10 PT
Thank you. I think we will be happy with a credit union too. We have been thinking about it for sometime.
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Comment #10 posted by Canis420 on October 04, 2011 at 22:52:25 PT:
your very welcome...thanks for all you do for us!
Good luck with the CU...I have been in one for 20 years and have no complaints.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on October 03, 2011 at 12:54:00 PT
Oh my gosh.
I've been trying to read some of the questions people have put up over there at that site. It's appalling. President Kennedy would be dismayed at how far we've come from "Ask not what your country can do for you...".At least, with our issue, we are not asking the government for anything but freedom from overreaching laws. We're asking them to back off and leave people alone. We want freedom from excessive and overbearing government but are willing to add to the tax flow, too. We're not asking for more committees and bureaus and overseers. We're not asking for money or support of any kind. We're asking for freedom and rights... to freedom... for all. That's all. Freedom from overbearing government interference in our lives. Freedom from the threat of prison, death, home invasion, seizure, losing our jobs, and fines and all sorts of unreasonableness over the use of cannabis. Freedom. Respect. 
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Comment #8 posted by dongenero on October 03, 2011 at 12:49:49 PT
while OT....a bit more about Chase......
....and lack of financial industry oversight, or even basic rules of ethics and risk management.......According to the latest report from the Comptroller of the Currency, just four U.S. banks have an eye popping $235 trillion of OTC derivative leverage. (Click here for the complete Comptroller of the Currency report.) As a nation, U.S. banks have a total OTC derivative exposure of $250 trillion. So, the fact that just four U.S. banks have this much leverage and risk is astounding! The banks are listed below in order of size and approximate OTC exposure:1.)   JP MORGAN CHASE BANK NA OH      $78.1 trillion OTC derivatives2.)  CITIBANK NATIONAL ASSN      $56.1 trillion OTC derivatives3.)  BANK OF AMERICA NA NC      $53.15 trillion OTC derivatives4.)  GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA NY      $47.7 trillion OTC derivativesConsidering that the total assets of these four banks are a little more than $5 trillion, I see a frightening amount of risk with a total derivative exposure of $235 trillion! This is nearly 50 to 1 leverage. On top of that, assets such as real estate or mortgage-backed securities can be held on the books at whatever value the banks think they can sell them for in the future. I call this government sanctioned accounting fraud, or mark to fantasy accounting. Who knows what the true value of the banks “assets” really are. 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 03, 2011 at 09:10:33 PT
Thank you. The only thing I like about Chase is their online checking account system. I am sure our local credit union has one just as nice. 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on October 03, 2011 at 09:06:53 PT
Why yes... there is a question.
Just scrolled down a bit more and there are some of the questions! Lo and behold!"ask him how come he hasnt legalized marijuana yet. i remember when they illegalized alcohol during the last recession and when they finally legalized it again they were back on track... i believe if he …- grizzy, 6 hours ago"May be more. I haven't perused the entire page.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on October 03, 2011 at 09:04:51 PT
Questions for the President...TODAY. wonder if he's getting any questions about the injustice of the marijuana/cannabis laws?
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on October 03, 2011 at 08:48:16 PT
FoM #3
"small Credit Union" : Wise move FoM!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on October 02, 2011 at 05:31:16 PT
Thank you. We haven't been watching the news for sometime now. All they talk about are Republicans and we are not at all interested. I hope they cover the Wall Street protests so it can turn into a big movement to help change this messed up system. We are soon going to close out our Chase account we have had for many years and move to a local small Credit Union type bank. 
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Comment #2 posted by Oleg the tumor on October 02, 2011 at 02:49:48 PT:
Hard Times in the Ocean State
Things are so bad in RI right now that the Mafia just laid off 3 more judges!
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Comment #1 posted by Canis420 on October 02, 2011 at 00:47:25 PT:
OT - NYC Protest
This protest seems to be the real deal....700 arrested today. Counter tea party?
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