JAN. 3, 2006 - RHODE ISLAND BECOMES 11TH STATE TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Rhode Island’s Senate Bill 0710 (the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act) takes effect immediately upon passage on Jan. 3, 2006. The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess “written certification” from their physician… [and] establishes a mandatory, confidential state-run patient registry that issues identification cards to qualifying patients.
The bill was passed by the House 52-10 on June 24, 2005, and by the Senate 33-1 on June 28, 2005. On June 29, 2005, Gov. Carcieri vetoed the bill. The Senate overrode the veto on June 30, 2005 (28-6) and the House overrode the veto on Jan. 3, 2006 (59-13), at which point the law took effect.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) “Active State Medical Marijuana Programs,” norml.org (accessed Aug. 26, 2010)
Legislative Status Report: Bills 600-899 , Rhode Island legislature website (accessed Aug. 26, 2010)