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Get Ready, Rhode Island: The Marijuana Listening Tour is Here

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CRANSTON, R.I.  (420CanNews) —  Rhode Island’s brand-new Cannabis Control Commission is reaching out to the cannabis community to hear their thoughts and concerns about marijuana through a listening tour. The three-member commission is essential in overseeing and regulating Rhode Island cannabis laws. Commission Chair Kimberly Ahern leads the effort to listen to the voices of the community and industry, ensuring they get things right.

The purpose of conducting a listening tour is to gather invaluable feedback from individuals representing the cannabis industry, medical patients, and those disproportionately impacted by a cannabis bill. This initiative will provide the commission with meaningful insights and diverse perspectives to significantly inform decision-making and further understand the Rhode Island cannabis act.

Rhode Island’s Cannabis Control Commission initiative took inspiration from a 2017 tour in Massachusetts. The tour kicked off in Holyoke and attracted a diverse crowd of people of all ages – lawyers, farmers, proponents of strict regulation, and those seeking limited state involvement.

The listening tour comprises four sessions, providing abundant opportunities for cannabis users to express their perspectives and opinions. The first session occurred at Roger Williams University School of Law last July 20. For August, here’s the schedule: 

  • August 4, at 1 p.m. at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), 89 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick.
  •  August 9, at 5 p.m. at the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island, 393 Broad St., Providence.
  • Virtual session on  August 18 at 1 p.m. Cannabis Control Commissioners will be present at the PUC in Warwick for this virtual meeting. The public is still invited to attend in person but encouraged to participate online via Zoom. 

The commission believes that engaging with the cannabis community and having community medical center patient information is vital to shaping effective policies for recreational and medical marijuana. 

In conclusion, the listening tour is like music to the ears of the cannabis community.  The commission’s commitment to harmonizing with the public’s voices and 420 lifestyles will cultivate positive effects, creating a rhythm of understanding, and ensuring Rhode Island cannabis laws are in tune with inclusivity and fairness. 

— Story Filed By 420CanNews Staff


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