Eight years after its formation, a legislative committee tasked with overseeing Rhode Island’s medicinal marijuana program will meet for the primary time on March 28.
It’s unclear why the “Legislative Oversight Commission of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater medicinal marijuana Act” wasn’t shaped till now. But the Providence Journal reported that the oversight committee merely used to be lost sight of till media studies raised the problem in 2015.
When the fee gathers for its inaugural assembly, it gained’t have any individuals from the state’s 3 dispensaries, in step with the newspaper. The Journal famous that dispensary illustration isn’t required by way of legislation.
The committee does, then again, come with the top of the affected person advocacy staff that driven for Rhode Island’s medicinal marijuana legislation in addition to two MMJ sufferers and a caregiver.
The fee appointees come with:
- Ann Assumpico, superintendent colonel, Rhode Island State Police
- Thomas Handel, doctor
- JoAnne Leppanen, government director, Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition
- Rebecca McGoldrick, affected person
- State Sen. Joshua Miller
- Donna Policastro, nurse
- State Rep. Scott Slater
- Ellen Smith, affected person
- Christopher Wolferseder, caregiver
Slater and Miller, each Democrats, are vocal proponents of MMJ.
Rhode Island lawmakers handed law to allow dispensaries in 2009, the Journal reported. The legislation created the fee, which used to be mandated to satisfy six instances a 12 months. Its obligations integrated making suggestions to the state General Assembly about affected person get admission to, doctor participation, dispensary efficacy, qualifying medicinal stipulations and analysis research.
The fee’s hearings are open to the general public, and the panel is needed to submit a document of its findings on or sooner than Jan. 1 of each even-numbered 12 months, the newspaper reported.