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Never mind about the marijuana show down

June 15, 2011

So, despite the entry in the brochure for the RI Bar Asssociation’s Annual Meeting, there will be no public discussion between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Health (DOH) about medical marijuana.

The Department of Health says the panel discussion between Charles Alexandre, the head of DOH’s medical marijuana program and Kenneth Madden of the US Attorney’s Office was scheduled months ago, long before U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent a threatening letter about Rhode Island’s compassion centers.

That letter and Governor Chafee’s decision to put the compassion center on hold in response, makes what was going to be a harmless discussion about law a bit awkward.

And now Kenneth Madden from the U.S. Attorney’s office isn’t even in the state, much less planning on attending a talk about medical marijuana.

Spokesman Jim Martin says Madden is in South Carolina all week, at a Department of Justice training facility.  He won’t be back in Rhode Island until Friday night, long after the 1:30pm workshop.

So if you signed up for this session, hoping for sparks to fly off the conference table, sorry to get you excited for no reason.  Now you’ll probably just see the Department of Health talk to itself.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2011 8:21 pm

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  2. Bloggo permalink
    June 16, 2011 3:09 am

    It was never going to be a face off about medical marijuana. It was always going to be a legal survey of state cases on employment, criminal and landlord tenant issues.

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