RCRI Medical Marijuana Rhode Island

$1,197 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 34 months
Responsible Caregivers of Rhode Island or RCRI was established in 2015 to lobby against legislation that would have removed caregivers from the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Program. This would have drastically reduced access to quality and affordability of medicine for the MMJ patients within the State.

RCRI was founded by local MMJ patients, caregivers, business owners and industry professionals that were concerned the incoming legislation would limit patients access to medicine and eliminate industry specific jobs and businesses. This bill was introduced by a group that was aiming to eliminate caregivers for the sole purpose of setting up a large scale, monopolized commercial grow facility. This money grabbing attempt would have dealt a major blow to the individuals who suffer on a daily basis from ailments alleviated by MMJ, including the caregivers who have dedicated their lives to producing high quality medical grade marijuana for their patients. The medical marijuana program must always remain patient-centric, and never utilized to line the pockets of of individuals preying on the sick and weak.

We currently have two lobbyists under contract, J. Russell Jackson and J. Patrick O'Neill as the representatives to lobby on our behalf. Not only were we able to effectively lobby against the handful of damaging bills that were presented, but we are now drafting our own bills and amendments that would benefit the program as a whole.

It is important that we, as a community, make an impact at the State House this year and make our voices heard. By hiring lobbyists, we can bring a new level of professionalism to our community. We currently need to raise $24,000 to pay for their fees. We are hoping to raise at least half through this Go Fund Me page, and the other half at local community oriented fundraisers this year. If we surpass our goal, we will use the remaining funds to acquire more lobbyists,and or attorneys.

With new legislation for 2016, and the future of our program in question, now is the time for our community to come together.
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$1,197 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 34 months
Created January 4, 2016
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$50
Eric Pechie
32 months ago

Hope to donate more in the future

NC
$10
Norman Caron
32 months ago

Good luck guys

PM
$20
Pete Mould
32 months ago

Good luck. Thanks

DG
$40
Dereck Gignac
32 months ago

Thank you

TE
$200
Tony Elliot
32 months ago

It's going to be hard for me to make protests this year but I will absolutely contribute financially.

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