MEDIA ADVISORY: Sen. Finance and Sen. Health & Human Services Committees to hold joint hearing on child services STATE HOUSE – The Senate Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 313 of the State House. The meeting will focus on the current status of services for children in Rhode Island and will feature testimony from representatives of DCYF’s contracted agencies.
Media Advisory: Colorado marijuana officials to be available to R.I. media tomorrow STATE HOUSE – Rhode Island lawmakers who are currently considering a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol will meet with the Colorado government’s top marijuana official on Tuesday at 3 p.m. to learn about the state’s experience since voters adopted similar legislation in 2012. Andrew Freedman, director of marijuana coordination for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, will also be available to speak with members of the media tomorrow, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 213 of the State House. WHO: Andrew Freedman, Director of the Colorado Governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination Elle Sweeney, Deputy Director of the Colorado Governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination WHAT: Media availability to discuss Colorado’s experience with regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, noon to 1 p.m. WHERE: Room 213 on the second floor of the Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith St., Providence.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Slater and Sen. Miller host Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s Director of Marijuana Coordination, for presentation on Tuesday STATE HOUSE – Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) and Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) will host Andrew Freedman, Director of the Governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination in Colorado, for a presentation and question and answer session on Colorado’s implementation and oversight of the state’s marijuana laws on Tuesday, March 29 at 3 p.m. in Room 101 of the State House. Mr. Freedman will be discussing the outcomes, challenges and opportunities that regulating marijuana has presented in Colorado. Representative Slater and Senator Miller have both introduced legislation (2016-H 7752 / 2016-S 2420) that would remove the state's prohibition on adults using, possessing, and cultivating marijuana for personal use. Their legislation also establishes a system of regulated marijuana retail distribution to adults 21 and older and imposes taxes at both the wholesale and retail level.
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Joshua Miller, chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, has introduced a package of legislation taking aim at the opioid overdose epidemic that has gripped Rhode Island and the region.
The overall goals of the legislation are to help prevent Rhode Islanders from becoming addicted in the first place, and to get swift, effective treatment for those who are addicted or overdose. “Opioid addiction and overdoses cross all the lines of age, socio-economic status and race. We need to address this from every angle if we are going to stop the growth of the problem,” said Chairman Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence).