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ACLU Questions Secrecy of Medical Marijuana Cultivation Approvals

Posted: Dec 04, 2016 |Category: Medical Marijuana Open Government

Raising concerns under the state's open records law, the ACLU of Rhode Island today questioned the Department of Business Regulation's refusal to release any information about its approval of two applications from businesses seeking to obtain medical marijuana cultivator licenses.

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Proposed Rules Would Burden Medical Marijuana Patients, ACLU Claims

Posted: Nov 22, 2016 |Category: Medical Marijuana

The ACLU testified today that proposed state regulations governing the medical marijuana program could impose significant new burdens on patients and needed to be revised.

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ACLU Sues Fire District Over Sex-Discriminatory Firings

Posted: Nov 21, 2016 |Category: Discrimination Gender Discrimination Right to Petition & Protest Women's Rights Workplace Rights

The ACLU has today filed sex discrimination lawsuits on behalf of two female EMT/firefighters who were terminated from the Harmony Fire District in Glocester after raising concerns about unfair treatment of female firefighters.

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Century-Old Law Barring Some Inmates From Marrying Upheld by Court

Posted: Oct 26, 2016 |Category: Civil Rights

Concluding that a 42-year old U.S. Supreme Court decision gave her “no authority to invalidate the Statute as unconstitutional,” U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi today upheld a 107-year-old Rhode Island law that declares inmates serving life sentences at the ACI to be “civilly dead.”

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ACLU Again Urges Vehicle Value Tax Revisions to Promote Due Process

Posted: Oct 24, 2016 |Category: Due Process

The ACLU of Rhode Island submitted the following testimony before the R.I. Vehicle Value Commission on its latest proposed regulations implementing the state's unpopular motor vehicle tax .


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ACLU Statement on Recall Petition Lawsuit Filed by Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson

Posted: Oct 21, 2016 |Category: Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown issued the following statement today in response to the lawsuit filed yesterday by Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson, challenging the recall petition process that has been initiated against him by some constituents in his district:

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Black Rhode Islanders Almost Three Times More Likely to be Arrested for Drug Possession Than Whites

Posted: Oct 17, 2016 |Category: Criminal Justice Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice The "War on Drugs"

According to a national report released by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch, blacks in Rhode Island were arrested for drug possession at almost three times the rate of whites in 2014. That rate was higher than the national average, which shows blacks being arrested at about two-and-a-half times the rates of whites. This major disparity at both the state and national level exists even though national studies repeatedly show that blacks and whites generally use drugs at roughly similar rates.

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