Rhode Island’s Gov. Chafee Signs Marriage Equality Bill as Delaware Senate Prepares to Take Final Vote

By: Friday May 3, 2013 5:55 am

“To our LGBT family members, friends, and neighbors: at long last, you are free to marry the person you love.“ With these words, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the Rhode Island marriage equality bill into law on Thursday evening.


The Excitement Is Palpable in Rhode Island

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 7:15 pm

The excitement is palpable in Rhode Island as marriage equality advocates look towards Thursday, when Gov. Lincoln Chafee will sign the marriage equality bill into law.

Marijuana Possession Is Now Decriminalized in Rhode Island

By: Monday April 1, 2013 3:36 pm

Rhode Island has become the 16th state where possession of a small amount of marijuana has either been decriminalized or legalized.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization

By: Friday June 15, 2012 9:15 am

Chicago Mayor and former Chief of Staff for President Obama Rahm Emanuel (D) has asked the city council to pass a law decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana. From the Chicago Tribune.

R.I. Gov Lincoln Chafee Signs Marijuana Decriminalization

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 11:48 am

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) signed SB 2253, which decriminalizes the the simple possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Last week the bill received its final vote in the state House of Representatives. This new law will make Rhode Island the 15th state to have decriminalized simple possession.

Rhode Island Poised to Become 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

By: Friday June 8, 2012 3:00 pm

The Rhode Island House and Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of two bills to decrease penalties for small marijuana possession in the state.

The bills (which passed 50 to 24 in the House and 28 to 6 in the Senate) now await a vote in their opposite chamber before heading to Gov. Chafee, who said he was ‘inclined’ to sign it.

Fatster’s News Roundup from May 15, 2012

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 6:15 am

Fatsters rounds up the news links from May 15, with stories about Romney’s economics, Ron Paul, Lincoln Chafee, Colorado same-sex marriage fail, Rebekah Brooks, drone law suits, Chinese banks, European austerity, President Hollande, large wind turbines, and more.

4/20: A Look at Marijuana Reform Advances This Year

By: Friday April 20, 2012 9:55 am

With today being the unofficial holiday for cannabis in the United States, it is a good time to look back at the advances the marijuana reform movement has made in the past 365 days.

VT Gov. Shumlin to Join Petition to Reschedule Marijuana

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 4:02 pm

A spokesman for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) told the AP that he will join the recent petition filed by other governors to the federal government requesting marijuana be rescheduled. Yesterday, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire (D) and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) jointly filed the petition to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking that marijuana be moved from schedule I to at least schedule II.

Washington and Rhode Island Governors Ask Feds to Reschedule Marijuana

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 6:48 pm

In a big move today for medical marijuana, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire (D) and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) requested that the federal government re-schedule (reclassify) marijuana. The policy change would allow marijuana to be legally prescribed as a medicine under federal law.

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