On Wednesday, May 25th, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee signed a bill that immediately legalizes possession of cannabis, expunges past convictions, and establishes the guidelines for legal dispensaries.
It's about damn time! Finally, some good news!
The dispensaries won't open until December 1st, and there are still plenty of horrible things about this state (classic Rhody corruption, terrible roads, minimal industry/job opportunities, unaffordable housing, failing inner-city schools, etc.), but at least there's something positive to look forward to here. Rhode Island is the 19th state to legalize recreational cannabis. Nobody should be in jail for fucking weed.
Under the new state law, you can have up to an ounce on your person and ten at home. If you want to grow your own tree, homes are allowed up to six plants, with three mature. I think you should be able to have as much as you fucking want at home, but whatever, this is clearly better than what was on the books just days ago. Gotta walk before you run.
There's been some terrible news this week, and even as a big weed guy, it's hard to get too excited given how fucked up things are. And to the Let's Go Brandon imbeciles that think the President sets gas prices or it's his fault for baby formula shortages, learn how to fucking read.
On a state level, you hope the added jobs and revenue for towns and the state will be a net positive. Does this mean employers can't drug test you anymore? Cause that'd be huge for me in the "find a job that isn't teaching where you can still blog and chase the dream" department.
I think anybody should be allowed to use cannabis products once you're of age. It just sucks how it stays in your system way longer than far more dangerous substances like cocaine or opioids for testing purposes. You can blow a million rails on a bachelor party and be clean by the time you're back home harassing people for going nine miles over the speed limit, but you can smoke a joint in the safety of your living room and be deemed unfit to deliver mail. That's not right.
I used to think it makes sense that some jobs drug test, but if you aren't high on the job, why does it matter? A brain surgeon is allowed to crush martinis, but a 10 mg weed gummy is too much? I don't know; I don't have all the answers. I don't want high pilots, but who cares what you do off the clock? I'm just glad my home state smartened up and finally accepted that legalizing cannabis is a great thing for Rhode Island; no more wasted time and money on enforcing a high key racist policy (this legalization doesn't really impact me at all other than the ease of driving with weed in my car after I pick up. I mean, I've smoked joints in public places before and nothing happened), more jobs, and more money for the state.
This is great news for Rhode Island. If you don't like reefer, you don't have to consume it! Hopefully this leads to some smoother roads in Rhody, but there's a better chance of Heather Graham winning Super Bowl MVP.
what a grip on her!