ACLU settles suit over marijuana ordinance
By News Staff
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) – The ACLU has settled a lawsuit with the town of Smithfield over a medical marijuana ordinance limiting the number of marijuana plants residents could grow or possess.
Town officials imposed the ordinance in 2017, restricting the growth of medical marijuana by limiting the number of plants patients could grow from 12 to 2.
The ACLU then sued the town, claiming the ordinance stood contrary to regulations already present in the state’s medical marijuana laws and imposed burdens on patients’ access to treatment.
Under the agreement, Smithfield agreed to repeal the ordinance and pay $30,000 in legal fees.
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