A Rhode Island state senator warned police of political retaliation after Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio was pulled over Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence, Barrington police said Friday.
According to a police report released Friday, Sen. Frank Ciccone, D-Providence, tried to contact top police officials to deal with “‘the problem’” and told an officer “‘you think you got pension problems now, wait `til this [shit] is all done.’”
Ciccone, 64, told The Associated Press he has been advised by Ruggerio’s attorney to say little about the incident.
"I do not agree with the accuracy of some of the details," he said of the police report released Friday. "I regret anything I may have said that might have been inappropriate."
I heard a lot of crazy things at the decriminalization hearing yesterday, but Sen. Shibley took home the prize by repeating this line two or three times.
NO ONE buys less than an ounce of Marijuana.
Really Senator? Ignoring the obvious question of how a senator would possibly know how much of a drug people on the street are buying, and that comment is still puzzling. I’m not even going to discuss his comments in greater detail, as anyone with the slightest knowledge of recreational Marijuana use knows that the vast majority of people who use cannabis don’t buy that much in a month, let alone at once. I sent him an email to asking about where he got his information.
During Tuesday’s hearing regarding Marijuana Decriminalization, you seemed quite adamant that marijuana users never purchase less than an ounce of marijuana at a time. I had a few people ask me about this statement, and was wondering what your logic or source behind this sentiment was. If you or someone from your office could get back to me on this, It would be greatly appreciated. I know my organization and your view points on this issue differ, but we at URI SSDP appreciate the fact that you had the courage to state your beliefs on the issue, unlike many of today’s politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Don’t like gay marriages? Don’t get one. Don’t like marijuana? Don’t use it. Don’t like cigarettes? Don’t smoke one. Don’t like abortions? Don’t have one. Don’t like sex? Don’t do it. Don’t like drugs? Don’t do them. Don’t like porn? Don’t watch it. Don’t like alcohol? Don’t drink it. Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one. Don’t like your rights taken away? Then don’t take away someone else’s.
“We have realized that the strategy in the fight against drug trafficking in the past 40 years has failed. We have to look for new alternatives. We must end the myths, the taboos, and tell people you have to discuss it, debate it.”—
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”—Carl Sagan (via aclockworkorange)
Green Asset International Inc., which targets for acquisition cutting-edge medical marijuana and social media companies, is dedicating an unprecedented $100 million funding facility to develop the corporatization and rebranding of the cannabis industry’s ancillary businesses, CEO Cheryl Shuman announced on Wednesday.
Shuman, who estimates at least a billion dollars in current ancillary business opportunities, will review and acquire legal businesses within the medicinal cannabis industry.
“As one of the world’s most respected voices of the movement, it’s Shuman’s challenge and responsibility to remove the negative stigma and stereotypes of the cannabis user,” Green Asset said in a press release. “Real men and women in the corporate world are taking a stand to make a change by boldly ‘coming out of the closet’ to show their support and the validity of this great, growth-potential business by investing in the cannabis sector.”
“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol … . I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded”—
Hempfest is back and better than ever! Come on down and check out the live music (presented by WRIU), speakers, vendors, glass blowing, and much much more! Come by, hang out, relax and most importantly, help us end cannabis prohibition once and for all!
This event is FREE and open to all members of the public.
Bands will be announced soon. for updates, check back here or follow us on twitter @URISSDP. If you are interesting in vending or preforming at Hempfest, please contact us at URISSDPNORML@gmail.com ASAP, as our deadline is fast approaching! Interested in helping out at Hempfest, or just interested in drug law reform? Come to our meetings every Tuesday, 7pm, MU 308.
I sent out e-mails across the nation after the 2012 Cannabis Law Reform Conference hosted by Oregon Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and even to some international Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters, with interview questions in order to write articles like this one to highlight their efforts. I will continue to post the responses as I receive them. This Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter interview on TWB will be with University of Rhode Island. Chapter representative Eric Casey was kind enough to send over the following responses (TWB questions are in bold, above Eric’s responses):
“This is a town where I could probably kill 200 major careers if I wanted to be a complete prick. Politicians, members of Congress and the Senate, many of their principals—legislative directors, chiefs of staff, communications directors—people in the private sector, Cato Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Brookings, police, any number of notable journalists from television, print, radio, many brand names most Americans would recognize pretty quickly—I’ve smoked with all of them. There is more smoke in DC closets than there is sex.”—Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
Rhode Island lawmakers and Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced a compromise Thursday that they say will allow three already licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to open without the risk of a federal prosecution.
Better late than never, can’t wait to see them up and operating. I’m gaining more and more respect for Chafee everyday when it comes to marijuana law reform. Now on to decrim!