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Law enforcement, citing raids, violence, ask RI lawmakers for fixes to medical marijuana law

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island's attorney general and others in a working group are urging state lawmakers to make some fixes to the state's marijuana program.

For example, under the state's medical marijuana act, the only way police would know if a suspected drug offender has a state license for growing or possessing medical marijuana is to ask the person. State police Capt. Kevin O'Brien says that's usually not possible until after a raid.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1l0Uuun ) that authorities say attacks on people licensed to possess medical marijuana killed two men last year. In several cases, caregivers, whose licenses allow them to grow but not use marijuana, have shot invaders.

About 15 members from the group plan to testify Wednesday before the House Committee on Judiciary on bills that would amend the medical marijuana law.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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