Governor Gina Raimondo recently had a busy day of signing and vetoing legislation for over 100 bills. Only one bill pertaining to marijuana was addressed.
The marijuana bill was on the veto list, but it was an unnecessary piece of legislation to begin with, Providence Journal reports. The bill would have required disclosures regarding previous marijuana cultivation in a home during its sales process.
Raimondo said, regarding her veto, “This legislation would not strengthen existing protections for potential homebuyers. The main sources of concern attributed to marijuana grow operations – namely mold or water damage, electrical or HVAC alterations, and the like – are already required disclosures under Rhode Island law. This new requirement does not materially improve consumer protection but does expose participants in Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program to new and potentially unanticipated scrutiny. To this effect, I have received veto requests from Rhode Island ACLU, the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, and the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Solution.”
Raimondo kept in mind that protecting patients and their anonymity is important. The requests to veto the legislation were enough for her to honor them.