Mike Simpson

A Slice of Cannabis History: The prohibition of outdoor cannabis

The very first cannabis arrests in RI were of three Black men in 1934. Two weeks after these arrests, the State Narcotic Board began its nearly two-year crusade against the outdoor growth of the plant, eventually resulting in the prohibition of outdoor cannabis throughout RI.  In the weeks immediately following this incident, the Providence Journal […]

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A Slice of Cannabis History: Earliest days of RI prohibition

On Friday, November 9, 1934, the Providence Police Department made what may have been their first arrests for illegal possession of cannabis. Unsurprisingly, for a state that currently arrests Black people at three times the rate of white people, the first three people arrested for cannabis possession in Rhode Island were three Black men; Charles […]

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