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ACLU and Smithfield Settle Medical Marijuana Lawsuit


The Rhode Island ACLU filed a lawsuit against Smithfield nearly 2 years ago for allegedly undermining the state’s medical marijuana law. The ACLU recently settled the dispute with the town of Smithfield.

The town will be required to pay $30,000 in legal fees to the ACLU, according to the Providence Journal.

“The ACLU is hopeful that this settlement will prompt other municipalities to think twice before burdening patients in their communities with similar onerous restrictions,” the ACLU stated. “This is, after all, a medicine for people with documented illnesses, and municipalities should not be playing doctor.”

Patients in Smithfield could only have 2 mature plants and 2 seedlings, however, state law allows for 12 mature plants to be possessed. The town’s ordinance also banned caregivers from cultivating medical marijuana within town limits. Patients were also required to provide identification to several local authorities, which violated the state’s confidentiality law.