Rhode Island House Rolls Governor’s Veto and Smokes It

Rhode Island just became the 11th state to tell the DEA to get out of the lives of some of the sickest of their citizens. From the AP:

The House overrode a veto by Gov. Don Carcieri, 59-13, allowing people with illnesses such as cancer and AIDS to grow up to 12 marijuana plants or buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Those who do are required to register with the state and get an identification card.

Federal law prohibits any use of marijuana, but Maine, Vermont, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington allow it to be grown and used for medicinal purposes.

This also makes Rhode Island the first state to tell the U.S. Supreme Court where to stick it since Gonzolez v. Raich. This is the decision where justices decided that people should suffer needlessly and die sometimes painfully because people growing marijuana in their backyard somehow involves interstate commerce.

22 percent of our states currently allow for medicinal use of marijuana and legislative efforts continue in others. More states are certain to jump on board the bandwagon later this year. It’s just a shame that the Bush administration, the U.S. Supreme Court and Governor Carcieri clearly prefer cruelty to freedom.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. My state, NJ, will probably jump on the band wagon soon. I’m fairly certain that Corzine supports the legalization of medical marijuana, and with a Democratic house/senate backing him up, it will probably pass.